Are you waiting for that moment when a simple wave of your hand will have countless files scrolling virtually right before your eyes? Without the use of a monitor screen? You know, like on those scif-fi shows and movies where one of the main characters easily interacts with a graphic user interface that is virtually surrounding them, (usually in a blue glow,) in empty air space. Think Tony Stark and his engineering lab, in Iron Man, where he physically throws electronic trash, into a virtual trash bin “sitting” high up on his wall, much like you would a basketball. (I had a more relevant Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. example, but you’d have to watch that show first….) One of my favourite things about science fiction settings is this idea of walking through virtual representations of our electronic files, and even manipulate image renderings in a 3D atmosphere. As someone who regularly has 50+ browser windows open all at once on a daily basis, the idea that I could spread them across one big “monitor” screen, keeping an eye on them all at once, is on my wishlist. While we’re not there yet, we’re definitely on the right path and Intel’s current RealSense technology has taken us closer to that reality.

Imagine interacting with your desktop/laptop screen simply by having your fingers hover over the screen, or even have your computer react to your facial expressions. It would be a great way to get rid of finger smudges on your screen (or even for the need of touchscreen on large devices,) and better yet, this technology is already available for consumer use now. With simple hand motions, and facial gestures, we now have the capability of telling our computer our intents within a multitude of apps including gaming, education, production, etc. And with an open SDK (software development kit,) programmers around the world can learn and build valuable apps for this exciting platform.

Intel RealSense Personify and 3DMe Apps
Ever cleaned up your room, just to make a video call? Have you ever moved your big desktop computer to another room, just so your friends and family don’t see the ugly wallpaper in your computer room? The Personify app can actually green-screen your background, so that you don’t need to worry about that horrific mess behind you.

The 3DMe does exactly as you think. Want to have a 3D representation of your head masked over a 3D object on your computer, say, like a dude whose all ready to ski? The 3D camera (dual-camera, which is a major part of the RealSense technology,) can scan your likeness for that personalized 3D avatar that you always wanted. It can also potentially make 3D printing a breeze.

Intel RealSense Apps Coming Soon
I can’t tell you how excited I am for both of those apps above to be coming soon. Were you a fan of Carmen Sandiego way back when?? I was addicted to both her game and her show.

Still can’t picture the awesome? Good thing Intel made a video.

Devices with Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera have three lenses: a conventional camera, an infrared camera, and an infrared laser projector. Together, the three lenses allow the device to infer depth by detecting infrared light that has bounced back from objects in front of it. This visual data, taken in combination with Intel® RealSense™ motion-tracking software, create a touch-free interface that responds to hand, arm, and head motions as well as facial expressions. ~ Intel

There are a ton of devices that are already RealSense™ capable, but I think the coolest looking desktop with this technology would be HP’s Sprout. How awesome would it be to work and play in this environment?? Who wouldn’t want a virtual table screen to work alongside a desktop screen? I’ve already warned Jay that my next computer will be this one. With 3D printers available for use at companies like MakeLab, I would love to get into 3D modelling again (haven’t touched such art rendering programs since college,) and I have a feeling that this desktop would make that process all that much more fun. Also can’t help but wonder what drawing with a program like Adobe would be like!
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DELL debuted their Venue 8 tablet at this past CES 2015 and won the “Best of Innovation” award, among others from PC Magazine, Mashable, etc, and thanks to Intel, look for a review of that tablet from me next week! Can’t wait to test drive this baby, that is known for its ultra-thin design, and boasting one of the best cameras for selfies, heh.

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Have you had a chance to try Intel RealSense tech yet? What’s your favourite bit that you have or want to try?

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