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Skype Has Developed 3D Video Calls

Fri 20 Sep, 2013 // Firstnumber Team
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Marking its 10th anniversary, Skype's senior executive Mark Gillet revealed that the company is working on 3D call technology. "We've done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture," Gillet said in a recent interview with the BBC.

There had been speculation about the possibility ever since the firm posted a job advertisement in April of this year, stating it was looking to find a way of creating “body-doubles” for workers unable to attend meetings.

"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," Gillet explained, "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.”

At the same time, Gillet warned that it could be many years before the technology is ready to launch, stating that “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.”

Skype's decision to support 3D could provide the format with a much-needed boost at a time when it has been showing signs of flagging. After all, 3D cinema releases and television specials been regarded by many in the industry as something of a washout.

Recently, the BBC dropped plans to utilise 3D technology, blaming lack of demand and the need for glasses as the reason behind its decision. Furthermore, Sony seems to have discontinued its dedicated 3D display for PlayStation gaming, although the firm is yet to make an official announcement about it. 

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