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3D Webcams Will Help Pcs Read Human Emotions, Intel Says

By IDG News Service

January 8, 2014

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A three-dimensional (3D) webcam developed by Intel can combine with voice, touch, and gesture to make human interaction more natural and intuitive, says Mooly Eden, general manager of Intel's Perceptual Computing Group.

Eden says the 3D cameras can go deeper inside images and track depth, similar to how human eyes do. The depth-sensing capabilities will help a computer understand human moods better, and also improve gaming and videoconferencing. The camera can recognize faces and bodies, extract the images, and superimpose them in other backgrounds. The camera also can identify the dimensions and characteristics of an object by scanning the contours and shapes of items in view, and it is able to sense the distance, size, color, or other characteristics of items through built-in infrared and color sensors.

"The real trick is to do it real time," Eden says. He points out that computing devices need more processing power. "We want to communicate with the device the same way we communicate with each other," Eden says.

He notes the technology could improve videoconferencing and it also could be used to recognize a child's reading habits and make the experience more enjoyable for them.

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