Skype developing 3D video calls

29 August 2013

Bitterwallet Skype iPhone app banned It is the 10th anniversary of Skype and during celebrations, they confirmed they are working on bringing us 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."

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  • jokester
    "Gillett added: 'I can imagine a day when you have a 3D-cellphone screen that doesn’t need 3D-glasses to use it.' " Um... a year or 2 ago, there were at least 2 phones (the HTC Evo 3D and LG Optimus something) that had 3D screens and didn't need 3D glasses to use. Come on, Microsoft - I realise that you know absolutely nothing about cellphones (at least judging by your god-awful basic Windows phones) but maybe you could go out and buy a decent Android handset to see what is happening in the modern world of Smartphones. I honestly expect better from the company that invented the tablet computer (although most iDiots think it was Apple that invented them!)
  • Mustapha S.
    3d will take off, but not until we get rid of all these ridiculous glasses requiring sets. The 3ds has done alright for itself, and other than that Toshiba which is still way too expensive there isn't anything suitable. The porn industry needs to get involved, they're the movers and shakers, not sony or toshiba.
  • jokester
    @ Mustapha I'm not sure getting the porn industry involved would be a good idea. 3D cumshots shooting towards your face wouldn't be pleasant lol
  • Big M.
    @Jokester - I remember my XP Tablet Edition Acer. Awesome. Actually it was expensive as hell - needed a special stylus, heavy and generally a shit spec compared to similar 'normal' laptops. And the screen wasn't great. Glad I smashed it up after nearly three years and got £1099 in Curry's Coverplan Vouchers.
  • Richard M.
    Never mind 3D Skype, I would just be happy with a decent 2D image. One that doesn't freeze and judder, not to mention the annoying sound delay that results in both parties speaking over each other. I'm always relieved when the call ends!
  • Simon
    I am sure all the women on this site would love a 3d cum shot over their face and hair

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