Microsoft recently confirmed it is working on adding 3D support to Skype, though warned there’s still a lot of work to be done before it’s a reality for all consumers.
“We’ve done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture,” Skype vice president Mark Gillett told BBC during an exclusive interview. Gillett explained we have the right display technology already — we see that in our computer and TV screens — but the camera tech is still holding up 3D video. Basically, right now, a consumer would need to have multiple cameras positioned around him or her in order to create the 3D effect. That’s costly and difficult, Gillett argues, though noted that Microsoft has a solution in place without going into detail on how it works.
It’s unclear when Microsoft plans to deploy 3D video chat, but it sounds like we have more than just a couple of years to wait.