Skype working on 3D video calls
By Shona Ghosh
Posted on 29 Aug 2013 at 09:03
Skype has said it's working on 3D video calls, but won't introduce the feature until the camera technology catches up.
The firm's corporate vice-president, Mark Gillett, said it would be difficult to bring 3D video calls out of Skype's labs until cameras could capture 3D more easily.
"We've seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of people now buy TVs and computer monitors that are capable of delivering a 3D image," he told the BBC.
We know how to make it work and we're looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it
"But the capture devices are not yet there. As we work with that kind of technology you have to add multiple cameras to your computer, precisely calibrate them and point them at the right angle."
Gillett confirmed that Skype had the technology "in the lab".
"We know how to make it work and we're looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about bringing something like that to market," he said.
3D video technology has seen limited take-up in the UK, with the BBC ditching its 3D channels after low demand and describing 3D as "hassly". John Lewis also told Trusted Reviews earlier this year that there wasn't much consumer interest in 3D TV, compared with smart TVs or 4K video.
"You'll see much more penetration of 3D on TVs, on computers and ultimately in smartphones, probably, ahead of seeing it for sending a video call," admitted Gillett.
I've cooled somewhat in my attitude towards Skype. It happened when I found out they piped all our stuff straight into the NSA's maw.
By toffer99 on 29 Aug 2013
Why bother with stereoscopic 2D? It's a dead fad.
Fine when holographic displays are the norm, but currently so-called "3D" monitors are rarer than rocking-horse poop and who has a Kinect camera or something similar hooked to their PC?
Another "solution for a problem that doesn't exist".
By cheysuli on 29 Aug 2013
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