CES 2014: Intel announces 3D camera with RealSense technology

At the CES 2014, Intel announced RealSense technology that helps in bringing human-like senses to Intel-based devices.

The Intel RealSense 3D camera is one of the first products in the new family and is the world’s first integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module that helps devices see depth much like the human eye.

The first Intel RealSense 3D camera features a sensor and a full 1080p color camera. It has the ability to detect finger level movements enabling 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, and more.

The Intel RealSense 3D camera will be integrated into Intel-based devices including 2 in 1, tablet, Ultrabook, notebook, and all-in-one (AIO) designs.

Intel announces 3D camera with RealSense technology

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.

To demonstrate the possibilities of video calling and conferencing with the Intel RealSense 3D camera, Intel and Microsoft Corp have collaborated to deliver more immersive video calls than ever before on Skype and Lync.

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.

Intel expects that gestures, voice and touch will encourage children to become more active participants in games rooted in learning. To underscore the potential in edutainment, Intel announced a collaboration with Scholastic, a global children’s publishing education and media company, to design interactive experiences for two of its most iconic global franchises, Clifford the Big Red Dog and I SPY.

Lincoln Wallen, chief technology officer at DreamWorks Animation said, “Enabling 3D vision in these devices can bring consumers new experiences with our characters and our content.”

3D Systems (3DS) CEO Avi Reichental, said 3DS plans to make its 3D scanning technology available to developers as part of the Intel RealSense software development kit.

Meanwhile, Nuance Communications announced the next-generation Dragon Assistant designed for Intel RealSense technology, an entirely new conversational personal assistant that works with websites and applications.

The next-generation Nuance Dragon Assistant is available on Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo 2 in 1, tablet, Ultrabook, notebook, and AIO devices, and coming in devices from Asus and Toshiba in early 2014. For the first time, Dragon Assistant will be available on a tablet, coming first from Lenovo in early 2014.

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