Skype developing 3D video calls
The company has alluded to this before, saying that they wanted to find a way to create "body-doubles" for workers who weren't able to get to meetings.
"We've done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture," said Microsoft's corporate vice-president for Skype, Mark Gillett. "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. 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. 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."
However, at the moment, no-one is really bothered about 3D. 3DTV sales have been falling off and the BBC have knocked their 3D experiment on the head. That won't deter Skype.
Gillett added: "I can imagine a day when you have a 3D-cellphone screen that doesn't need 3D-glasses to use it. We're in the first year of your TV at home potentially having a camera attached to it, but we're several years away from the cameras capturing 3D in that context. 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."