Skype has confirmed that it is working on 3D video calling but is unable to release the development until camera and video capture technology catches up.
Mark Gillett, Microsoft’s Skype vice president said that the popular app has the potential to support 3D conversations in the future but it could be “many years” before we actually see it.
“We’ve done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture,” the senior executive commented. “We’ve seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of people now buy TVs and computer monitors that are capable of delivering a 3D image. But the capture devices are not yet there.”
In order for 3D video calling to work, multiple cameras need to be added to a computer system, be precisely calibrated and pointed at the right angles to take suitable images. Skype’s exec said “we know how to make it work,” but the necessary devices to support 3D technology is limited.
Gillet also feels that video calling is likely to be low on the agenda when it comes to 3D applications, with TV, computers and smartphones taking the precedence.
So far 3D viewing has failed to live up to the hype that began with its launch, with companies like the BBC abandoning its 3D channels because of poor user demand.
Until technology catches up with Skype’s 3D developments, Skype has said that it is developing ways to offer 1080p resolution video calls on devices other than the Xbox One.
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