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Dell Venue 8 7000: a slim tablet with a 3D camera and videoconferencing privacy feature

September 12, 2014 | Telepresence Options


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The Dell Venue 8 7000 series will be the first tablet to arrive with Intel's RealSense snapshot technology - a multicamera system that creates 3D images.

The RealSense system is similar in some ways to the HTC One M8, which uses multiple cameras, but also includes a tiny, specialised chip alongside infrared and standard camera sensors in order to capture depth.

Dr Achin Bhowmik, CTO of Intel's perceptual computing, said it gives the tablet "almost human" vision, with a 99% accuracy rate within four metres.

This may sound a bit dull: after all, 3D smartphones have previously failed to excite consumers, as did similar systems such as Leap Motion.

However, Intel showed off a series of apps that suggests this implementation has potential, letting users choose a new focal point after snapping a picture and measuring real-life objects - in order to see if a new sofa will fit in your front room, for example.

It can also be used for augmented reality, to scan detailed images for 3D printing, and can offer "privacy" with video conferencing, as the depth of detail lets you eliminate the background - so you can hide the fact that you're Skyping from your bedroom rather than the office.

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