Intel’s RealSense 3D Depth Camera is Small Enough to Fit in a Smartphone

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Intel has finally unveiled a new version of its 3D depth camera that’s small and thin enough to fit in a smartphone. Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief executive, unveiled the prototype in Shenzhen, China. The only concern experts have is the power demands of the camera.

The camera uses a RealSense sensor that can recognize head and hand movements. This makes it possible to change the photo’s focus after it’s already been taken.

Krzanich unveiled an example of a phone with RealSense, but he did not demonstrate the phone in use. This is a good indication that the technology is still in its early stages of development.

RealSense’s technology is similar to the motion-and-image sensor found in Microsoft’s Kinect. But Intel’s version is much smaller and lighter.

Chris Green of Davies Murphy Group says the mobile industry has reached a point where high resolution cameras are no longer a real selling point. So, manufacturers are looking for new ways to draw in customers. RealSense’s depth perception and light-field technology are a step in the right direction. But it’s still unclear whether the new technology will be power-efficient.

Intel and other companies are already incorporating this technology into laptops, which allow for gesture control without ever touching the screen.

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