Intel is has been rolling out a new technology called RealSense. They are taking perceptual computing to the next level by interpreting sensory inputs and movement for different applications. They achieve this using their 3D depth-sensing cameras in RealSense enabled devices. This exciting new technology has been Intel’s big highlight at CES rather than focusing on chip advancements.
You can scan real-world objects and create digital 3D versions of it for different purposes such as measuring the width of a couch or the distance between 2 trees.
How does it work?
These depth-sensing RealSense 3D cameras really have 3 different lenses: your typical 2D camera for taking normal videos and photos, and an infrared laser projector along with an infrared camera. Infrared is invisible to human eyes and can be used to measure distances between objects and therefore track motion as well.
How can I use it?
Imagine Minority Report or better yet Tony Stark’s (Iron Man) technology for natural user interfaces. Manipulating computers using hand gestures, facial recognition, and voice commands.
For those gamers out there looking forward to Oculus Rift VR glasses, RealSense will be able to add hand gesture recognition or how about facial recognition for immersing yourself in your World of Warcraft characters. For video bloggers, it helps make green screens a thing of the past by allowing you to easily swap out different backgrounds behind you.
RealSense helps make big strides in breaking the chains of using traditional keyboards, mice, and controllers by delivering new immersive experiences and integrating augmented reality.
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Intel has engaged Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper in Big Bang Theory) to help promote their RealSense technology. He appears in a number of short commercials and video clips. They help demonstrate key features of what you can achieve using RealSense. There is also an entire YouTube channel devoted to RealSense.
Where can I get it?
There are a number of tablets and PCs already shipping with this technology including big brands such as Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. An example would be the super-thin Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Android Tablet (codenamed Blackburn) which is available now for around $400 and includes the depth-sensing technology.
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