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Intel putting 3D scanners in consumer tablets next year, phones to follow

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Intel hopes to put 3D scanners in consumer tablets in 2015
Intel hopes to put 3D scanners in consumer tablets in 2015
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Intel hopes to put 3D scanners in consumer tablets in 2015
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Intel hopes to put 3D scanners in consumer tablets in 2015
A 3D rendering taken with a tablet on stage appears on screen (Photo credit: Eric Mack/Gizmag)
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A 3D rendering taken with a tablet on stage appears on screen (Photo credit: Eric Mack/Gizmag)
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A 3D rendering taken with a tablet on stage appears on screen (Photo credit: Eric Mack/Gizmag)
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich talks 3D scanners at Maker Con (Photo credit: Eric Mack/Gizmag)
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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich talks 3D scanners at Maker Con (Photo credit: Eric Mack/Gizmag)

Intel has been working on a 3D scanner small enough to fit in the bezel of even the thinnest tablets. The company aims to have the technology in tablets from 2015, with CEO Brian Krzanich telling the crowd at MakerCon in New York on Thursday that he hopes to put the technology in phones as well.

"Our goal is to just have a tablet that you can go out and buy that has this capability," Krzanich said. "Eventually within two or three years I want to be able to put it on a phone."

Krzanich and a few of his colleagues demonstrated the technology, which goes by the name "RealSense," on stage using a human model and an assistant who simply circled the model a few times while pointing a tablet at the subject. A full 3D rendering of the model slowly appeared on the screen behind the stage in just a few minutes. The resulting 3D models can be manipulated with software or sent to a 3D printer.

"The idea is you go out, you see something you like and you just capture it," Krzanich explained. He said consumer tablets with built in 3D scanners will hit the market in the third or fourth quarter of 2015, with Intel also working on putting the 3D scanning cameras on drones.

The predecessor to the 3D scanning tablets demonstrated on stage were announced earlier this month in the form of the Dell Venue 8 7000 series Android tablet sports Intel's RealSense snapshot depth camera, which brings light-field camera-like capabilities to a tablet. It will be available later this year.

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3 comments
Bob Flint
No details as to the resolution, seems crude at the moment, possibly just a fad, like the pico projector built into a phone. So seems like the 3D printing industry has a new ally..
Stephen N Russell
super for 3D printing alone, radical
kalqlate
This will be great for scanning people and objects and placing them in VR environments.