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Dell adds depth-sensing 3D cameras in new tablet and upcoming PCs


Dell will be releasing its first tablet with RealSense 3D imaging later this month, and it plans on adding this feature to its PCs and other devices next year.

According to PC World, the Dell Venue 8 7000 which is slated for release by the end of this months (starting at US$399) will feature 3D cameras in place of typical 2D cameras, and feature greater accuracy that stereographic 3D camera technology.

Dell tablet group VP Neil Hand told PC World that Dell would feature 3D cameras “across Android and Windows” devices next year – after the launch of the Venue.

Depth-sensing cameras identify objects and spaces, helping to identify objects and create an accurate 3D image of faces. Similar technology featured in the depth-sensing camera used in Google’s Project Tango tablet.

The Venue camera uses RealSense technology from Intel, which is able to identify people, moods, and gestures. 3D facial modeling could be used in biometrics applications ranging from user authentication to the creation of custom-fit glasses, and the market for such solutions is expected to grow from $1.92 billion in 2013 to $6.5 billion in 2018 – growing, on average, 27.7 percent per year.

Dell’s camera is able to spot 3D detail down to a few millimeters. Depending on distance, lighting and other conditions, its range of accuracy is from 95 percent to 99 percent, and the company is working on increasing this accuracy.

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