Thursday, 20 August 2015 09:59

Razer brings Intel’s RealSense camera to life

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Razer, a leader in connected devices and software for gamers, is working with Intel to deliver a consumer-ready desktop and VR-enabled camera based on Intel RealSense technology for a wide range of experiential applications.

Initially focused on the gamer market, this is the first external ‘webcam’ and demonstrates that RealSense can retrofitted to PCs and more to enable Windows 10 Hello feature.

“With Intel RealSense technology users can enjoy significantly enhanced game broadcasting and VR gaming capabilities.  The technology includes automatic background removal, which allows game streamers and video conferencing users to remove or replace backgrounds for a more entertaining and immersive experience.” according to a Razer release. 

Intel RealSense Cameras are capable of seeing the world in 3D so things like scanning in 3D, motion and gesture recognition, allowing product designers to bring real-world objects and bodies into virtual spaces easily. Many more features and related applications are anticipated for the Intel RealSense technology-enabled Razer device.

Intel RealSense is a 3D technology that will enable things like:

  • gesture control (think drawing in the air and the image appears on the screen)
  • immersive video chat experiences
  • 3D scanning
  • real measurements (how far away, what size it that box)
  • refocus (three different lenses)
  • and enabling Windows Hello (an extremely secure biometric sign in option for Windows 10)
  • It will also work with Android and iOS devices. Google is working on Project Tango that Incorporates the technology to allow it to understand space, motion, depth and area learning.

Currently the camera requires at least two lenses set apart to track head movements and depth. Infrared technology allows it to sense the difference between a photo and a person.

Intel’s RealSense will gradually be incorporated into most computing devices. It is already on some laptops and all-in-one PCs from Asus, HP, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo. It will come to smartphones and tablets soon.

It will also be incorporated into other devices – robots, drones, wearables, vending machines, retail shops, cars, and become part of the Internet of Things. “The big question for attendees at the Intel Developers Forum this year is, "What will you develop? What will you bring to the world?” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich asked.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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