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article imageWill Skype go 3D?

By Tim Sandle     Aug 30, 2013 in Technology
Skype, the instant messaging platform, has indicated it is developing 3D video calls. The project is being undertaken following Microsoft’s acquisition of the video conferencing platform.
Skype is a system that allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet. The service was launched in 2003. The service has become increasing popular in recent years and it was purchased by Microsoft in 2011 or $2.6 billion. As part of a new development, Skype is working out a way to deliver a 3D service, according to WebPro News.
The Daily Telegraph recounts that rumors that Skype have been working on a 3D project have been circulating since April,. This was when the company said it was working to recreate “body doubles” for employees who were unable to really attend meetings.
To discuss the development, Microsoft's corporate vice-president for Skype, Mark Gilletttokd the BBC that: “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. As we work with that kind of technology you have to add multiple cameras to your computer, precisely calibrate them and point them at the right angle.
"We have it in the lab, we know how to make it work and we're looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about bringing something like that to market.”
3D is, nonetheless, a gamble and the projected take-up of 3D television has not taken place. The Guardian notes, for example, that both the BBC and Disney recently announced that they are putting their 3D experimentations on hold. With the Skype project, a blogger at Tech Crunch writes that “Skype is building 3D video calls that none of us will likely use.”
Skype are also exploring how to offer 1080p "super-high definition" video call resolution across different platforms.
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