Intel announced that laptops featuring 3D-camera technology will go on sale before the end of 2014.
At a press conference at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, the chipmaker says that it will bring human-like senses to Intel-based devices in a new family of hardware and software products called Intel RealSense technology.
The Intel RealSense 3D camera features a depth sensor and a full 1080p color camera. It has the ability to detect finger level movements enabling highly accurate gesture recognition, facial features for understanding movement and emotions. It can understand foregrounds and backgrounds to allow control, enhance interactive augmented reality, simply scan items in three dimensions.
The technology is not new. Microsoft's Kinect and SoftKinectic's Depthsense cameras already offer such functions. In November 2013, Apple bought PrimeSense to make depth sensing hardware in order to bring 3D sensing and natural interaction to the mass market. However, Intel will be the first to introduce this technology in laptops. As a built-in component, Intel is bringing the innovation to mainstream.
"For decades, people have had to learn new languages, techniques and commands to get our devices to do what we want," said Mooly Eden, senior vice president, general manager of the Perceptual Computing Group. "Our vision with Intel RealSense technology is to reverse that, and make our devices learn and understand us. By equipping them with technologies that mimic human senses in a more genuine way, our everyday experiences such as learning, communication and gaming are transformed; and entirely new ones are possible."
Speaking at a press conference at the 2014 CES, Eden also detailed collaborations with 3D Systems, Autodesk, DreamWorks, Metaio, Microsoft Skype and Lync Scholastic, Tencent and more.
3D Systems (3DS) Avi Reichental, joined Eden on stage to detail the collaboration between the two companies to bring 3D scanning and printing to the mainstream user. As early as the second half of 2014, 3DS will make available its consumer Sense scanning, editing and 3D printing software applications on Intel-powered devices equipped with the new Intel RealSense 3D camera. 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental said that the company is working to find ways to use the Realsense camera to create templates for 3D printers. "It's about taking it from virtual to actual, to make it something you can hold in your hand," he said.
Additionally, 3DS plans to make its 3D scanning technology available to developers as part of the Intel RealSense software development kit.
The Microsoft deal will see Intel create solutions for the Skype and Lync communications services. The 3D camera will provide the ability to control and remove a person's background during a video call, to present only the caller and not what is actually behind them. With this capability, people have more options; they can change the appearance of their background, or remove it all together to share a presentation, watch a movie or sporting event together.
The Intel RealSense 3D camera will be integrated into a growing spectrum of Intel-based devices including 2 in 1, tablet, Ultrabook, notebook, and all-in-one (AIO) designs. Systems with the new camera will be available beginning in the second half of 2014 from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC. On stage, Intel showcased seven different devices with the integrated camera from Dell, Lenovo and Asus.
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