Intel demos 3D camera in prototype smartphone

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told a developer forum in Shenzhen, China Wednesday that Intel’s new, longer-range RealSense camera has been squeezed into a six-inch smartphone.

An Intel spokesman said the phone was a prototype, and the company wasn’t able to share details about when it would be an actual product.

“It was intended to show how we continue to innovate with RealSense and to help spur more innovation among Chinese developers and the ecosystem,” said spokesman Scott Massey.

Intel’s RealSense 3D camera has three lenses – conventional, infrared and a laser projector.

The three lenses allow a user to adjust the focus of a photo after it is taken. Device makers can use it to build in a “touch-free interface that responds to hand, arm, and head motions as well as facial expressions,” according to Intel.

Intel’s twice yearly developer conference is being held in China, marking 30 years that the Santa Clara¬†chip maker has been involved in the country.

Other conference highlights:

A live demonstration of Intel’s Atom x3 processor in a smartphone, expected to ship in the second half of the year.

An expansion of the Atom x3 for the Internet of Things, with specially built processors that can operate in extreme weather conditions.

Intel announced that Pentium and Celeron processors based on 14nm process technology are shipping for 2 in 1 devices, laptops, towers and miniature desktops and “all in one” PCs.

Photo: Len Vaughn-Lahman/Mercury News

 

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