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Skype is developing 3-D video calls, says launch is years away

Skype unveils its plans for 3-D video chats, admits it will take years before a working example is released to the public (NASDAQ:MSFT)
| Software News | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 2:59 pm

It appears that Skype wants to make your video chats a little more realistic. In a recent interview with the BBC, a senior executive at Skype confirmed that the company has been developing 3-D video call technology. Mark Gillett, Microsoft's corporate vice President for Skype, said that the company had been working on the R&D side of things in its laboratories.




He said that the company has been studying the capability of 3-D screens as well as 3-D capture devices, but said that "the capture devices are not there yet" in terms of consumer viability. He said that they've already managed to get 3-D video calls working in the lab, but for the moment, the lack of a 3-D video standard for devices is the major obstacle.


"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," he explains. He went on to say that Skype will likely offer 1080p HD video calls to more devices than just the upcoming Xbox One.


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