Intel shrinking its RealSense 3D camera for smartphones

8 Apr 2015

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

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Technology behemoth Intel has just showed off its slimmed-down RealSense 3D camera, primed for use in modern smartphones, as its Internet of Things (IoT) focus sharpens.

The RealSense 3D camera developed by Intel is a powerful unit, but was previously too big for smartphones, primed instead for tablets and the like.

Acknowledging the strength of the smartphone market though, as well as the potential for a combined device, Intel has been working on fitting it accordingly.

CEO Brian Krzanich was on stage earlier today in Shenzhen at the Intel Developer Forum showing off the new camera, which can offer gesture control, like Microsoft’s Kinect option.

“So you can imagine the efficiencies and the opportunities and the options for innovation we have moving together,” he added.

The company is pushing its IoT capabilities too, with notable advancements like its Atom X3 processor, but it must battle with established heavyweights like Qualcomm if it wants its processor to be adopted by mass manufacturers of smart devices.

As Engadget reports, Intel also announced a partnership with JD, an online retail resource in China.

"Using a tablet with integrated RealSense depth camera, Intel showed off how the system can quickly measure the required box sizes for products of all shapes, consequently summing up the space needed for shipment or storage.

"In another demo, Krzanich unveiled a Skylake-based development kit in the form of a Windows 10 tablet, which used a RealSense camera to quickly scan his face to log him in."

Gordon Hunt is a journalist at Siliconrepublic.com

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