Intel RealSense 3D depth camera fitted into smartphone

Intel has revealed a version of its 3D depth camera that is small and thin enough to be fitted into a 6in (15.2cm) smartphone. The RealSense sensor can be used to recognise hand and head movements and makes it possible to change the focus of photos after they have been taken. The prototype was unveiled by the company chief executive Brian Krzanich at an event in Shenzhen, China. One expert noted that questions remained about its power demands.


Although Mr Krzanich showed off an example of a RealSense-enabled phone, he did not demonstrate it working, which may indicate it is still at an early stage of development.”The device which was shown on stage at the Intel Developer Forum was a prototype that was created in collaboration with a Chinese firm, whom we are not naming,” said a spokeswoman for the company.

“The device is meant to show the different types of apps, usage models and form factors that RealSense tech can be integrated into and to encourage innovation. The depth data collected by RealSense cameras can be used to change the focus of a photo after it has been taken The technology is similar to that found in Microsoft’s Kinect motion-and-image sensor, but in a much smaller package. Via Intel RealSense 3D depth camera fitted into smartphone

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