Laptops to get Intel 3D cameras

Intel has announced that laptops will be made with 3D-camera technology.

Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Intel showed how one of its depth sensors could be used to interpret gesture controls and separate foreground objects from the background.

The new technology, which will be identified by the RealSense brand, will be implemented by seven different manufacturers – Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC.

In one demonstration, a member of Intel played a pinball video game by moving a real paddle in front of the computer’s camera. The technology was also used in a Skype call where the camera isolated the user’s image and superimposed it onto a different background.

While this technology is not brand new, it is thought that Intel lending its support will give the equipment an extra boost.

Tony Crabtree, from the consultancy Juniper Research, said: “This tech has been knocking around for a while, but Intel’s move will give it fresh momentum. It needed a big player to help the market take off.”

Mr Crabtree added that he didn’t think it would be “transformative” in the same way that wearable technology of high-definition has been.