Intel releases 3D smartphone camera demos; Company may integrate it with Windows Hello

Intel releases 3D smartphone camera demos; Company may integrate it with Windows Hello

What if a smartphone camera could see in 3D and so scan in depth? Yes, it is now possible thanks to Intel which has been working on this technology involving gesture controls and cameras.

Intel CEO proudly displayed the prototype of the technology during an event in China recently. The new camera is smaller and thinner but much more powerful than those that are currently available in the market. The prototype camera has been embedded into a 6-inch smartphone, showing that this technology can be easily become viable for the smart handsets.

The latest Intel depth-sensing cameras are being integrated into what is called RealSense - technology that has been used in PC desktops, tablets and laptops -  and they will soon show up in smartphone devices. The technology permits many applications. However, if we look at the technology from user-point-of-view, we want its integration with Windows Hello, the already popular biometric authenticating system which is coming with Windows 10.

When Windows Hello was announced long back, Microsoft said that the software could play nice with Intel’s RealSense. There was also a demo where someone signed into the prototype Windows 10 tablet, simply by looking at the depth-sensing camera!

Recent trends show that both the Intel and the Microsoft teams working on their respective technology are quickly iterating and further improving them. This is a welcoming move and it is also a sign that the technology could become an integral part of next generation devices.

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