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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2014, Posted On: 1/10/2014

CES: Intel's New 3D Camera Technology Said To Have Videogame Potential

Hank Schlesinger
TAGS: Intel Corp., Consumer Electronics Show, RealSense, 3D depth and 2D camera module, videogames, Mooly Eden, RealSense 3D camera, the world's first integrated user-facing 3D camera

LAS VEGAS -- Intel Corp. caused a stir at this week's Consumer Electronics Show after unveiling RealSense, billed as the world's first integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module. The device is said to have wide-ranging applications and potential for the home market, including videogames.

Intel, CES

PHOTO: Intel's Mooly Eden holds the Intel RealSense 3D camera, the world's first and smallest integrated user-facing 3D camera. The technology enables devices to perceive depth, much like the human eye can.

Intel's new camera, which offers full-color 1080p, can recognize depth much like the human eye. It has onboard sensors for gesture and facial recognition. While the 3D feature can create an immersive gaming experience, the gesture-recognition capability will allow players to interact within a game in a more natural way. For example, simple hand movements can replace hardware controllers. By differentiating foregrounds and backgrounds, users and programmers can control augmented reality. Backgrounds, for instance, can be switched out without a chroma key "green screen."

"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 and general manager of Intel's 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."

The RealSense 3D camera is expected to appear in a number of diverse devices during the second half of 2014, including tablets, laptops and all-in-ones. Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC are among the manufacturers reportedly planning to integrate the device into their products. There are also third-party collaborations in the works with Autodesk, DreamWorks, Metaio and Microsoft Skype.

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