Skype To Develop 3D Video Calling

Skype To Develop 3D Video Calling

Microsoft's corporate vice-president for Skype, Mark Gillett, told the BBC in an interview, that Skype had lined up a version of the messaging programme capable of 3D video calling but was waiting for widespread adoption of consumer technology capable of making good use of the feature.

He said: "We've done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture.

"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. But the capture devices are not yet there. We have it 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 the same issues would be true of shooting 3D footage from mobile devices.

"I can imagine a day when you have a 3D-cellphone screen that doesn't need 3D-glasses to use it. It's less clear to me that we're close to having 3D cameras on cellphones.

He added: "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."

Don't expect to see the option popping up on Skype screens soon, though. Quite apart from persuading people that buying 3D-friendly TVs or computer monitors is worth it, there's also the problem of how 3D videos can be made at home.

3D, an emerging technology is believed by many to be the driving feature in future of media consumption and entertainment but has suffered from a false start. TV programmers such as the BBC and ESPN have already halted 3D broadcasts.

According to many industry watchers 3D movies and broadcast television had turned out to be something of a flop. The BBC gave up on plans to use 3DTV technology for its programming, on weak demand which did little to justify the massive cost related to filming and airing 3D content. Sony also seemed to have discontinued support for dedicated 3D display for PlayStation gaming, even though 3D gaming had been a near ideal use case scenario for the tech.

Gillett added that Skype was looking in the near-term at more practical improvements, like bringing 1080p video calls to hardware beyond the upcoming Xbox One console.

According to me, it seems this technology will no doubt be impressive when used once and then promptly ignored for the rest of time – 3D video calls.

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Write by: RC - Friday, August 30, 2013

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