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CES: Intel Realsense 3D camera lets users compute and print in 3D

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Tue Jan 07 2014, 00:08
Intel RealSense 3D camera CES

LAS VEGAS: CHIPMAKER Intel has unveiled its 3D Realsense integrated camera, promising that the technology will revolutionise the way people interact with machines.

The Realsense camera was unveiled by Intel SVP Mooly Eden at CES in Las Vegas. It is designed to be integrated into desktop PCs, tablets and laptops and will let machines capture and stream HD 1080p images in 3D.

Eden revealed that Intel has already struck deals with several leading PC makers including Asus, Dell, Fujitsu and HP, which will install the Realsense camera in their respective laptops and tablets.

Eden said that the Realsense camera is the first step in Intel's ongoing endeavour to improve the way we interact with machines.

"We want to let people interact naturally with machines. Control Alt Delete is not natural, keyboards are not natural. It's about voice, it's about facial and gesture recognition," he said.

"We have already installed microphones so we can talk to the computer, but what about vision? The whole world will transition to 3D the moment we can provide it. This is because it's natural - we see each other in 3D, we live in 3D and we will compute in 3D. That's why we're unveiling an integrated 3D Realsense camera."

The Intel SVP said the company has already inked deals with Microsoft and 3D printer firm 3D Systems to create new intuitive ways to use the Realsense Camera.

The Microsoft deal will see Intel create solutions for the Skype and Lync communications services. Eden said that by capturing images and video in 3D the computer can sense depth. This means that users will be able to do things like apply filters at different depths on captured 3D images or change their background mid video call.

"The camera knows the depth the same way we do. This lets us extract your face and body from the background, it can replace green screens. We can now also change the background in Skype. This means [that] if you're in a video conference room or in a place with confidential information, you can hide it," he said.

Eden said that Intel has already struck deals with several entertainment companies to develop the camera, including Dreamworks.

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.

The firm said that the deal will see the two companies release Sense 3D printing, scanning and editing software on devices with the Realsense Camera as early as the second quarter.

Eden indicated that the camera is the first in a wave of Realsense products, promising that more will be unveiled in the very near future.

"Intel Realsense Technology will make the human interface natural. The Realsense 3D Camera is the first part of this and more will follow, it will all be part of a Realsense family," he said.

Intel did not announce when it will release the first Realsense Camera device. µ


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