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Skype marks 10th birthday with details on 3D video calling

VoIP service turns 10 today
Thu Aug 29 2013, 12:34

VOICE OVER IP (VoIP) service Skype has revealed it has developed 3D video calling technology, on the same day that the Microsoft owned firm marks its 10th birthday.

According to Mark Gillett, Microsoft corporate VP for Skype, the labs team has been looking at 3D screens and 3D capture for the internet calling service, prompted by the uptake among consumers of 3D capable monitors and TVs.

"But the capture devices are not yet there. As we work with that kind of technology you have to add multiple cameras to your computer, precisely calibrate them and point them at the right angle,” he told the BBC.

"We have it in the lab, we know how to make it work and we're looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about bringing something like that to market."

While Skype in 3D might be possible in the labs, it's unlikely to be offered to general users anytime soon.

Gillet noted, "We're in the first year of your TV at home potentially having a camera attached to it, but we're several years away from the cameras capturing 3D in that context. You'll see much more penetration of 3D on TVs, on computers and ultimately in smartphones, probably, ahead of seeing it for sending a video call."

The firm is celebrating its 10th birthday today, which has seen the service grow to 300 million users who have made a total of more than 1.4 trillion minutes of voice and video calls.

Skype was founded on 29 August 2003 by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, who must have made a tidy profit when they sold the company to Microsoft in 2011 for $8.5bn.


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