Intel and SoftKinetic tease built-in Kinect-like devices for notebooks

Intel says 2014 will see embedded Kinect-like devices in tablets and notebooks.

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Published Tue, Jun 4 2013 10:01 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:22 PM CST

Computex Taipei 2013 - During Intel's keynote earlier today at Computex, the chip making giant alluded to the arrival of embedded 3D-depth cameras arriving on its devices in the second half of 2014. This technology is the same as Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox.

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SoftKinetic, a Belgian company, is apparently showing off a notebook that has their own Time-of-Flight 3D-depth camera molded into the lid. At the moment, the hardware looks a little large, but not too large to be featured on laptops in the 13-inch range and larger.

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We're hoping to get a hands-on of the device very shortly. What do you think about an embedded Kinect in your laptop? While it would be awesome for gesture-based control, I do not see gaming with the device being that big of a deal. If we begin seeing the device embedded into smart TVs then the sky is the limit.

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