The BBC was able to interview Microsoft’s corporate vice-president for Skype, Mark Gillett recently and revealed a few interesting things on the road-map for the future of Skype. One thing that I found odd was when Gillett was quoted as saying “I can imagine a day when you have a 3D-cellphone screen that doesn’t need 3D-glasses to use it, It’s less clear to me that we’re close to having 3D cameras on cellphones.” I think we can all imagine that day and it was back in the summer of 2011 when the Thrill 4G, HTC EVO 3D on Sprint, and LG Optimus 3D were all available. All of those phones certainly had 3D screens that didn’t require glasses and they had 3D cameras, though the 3D cameras were not front-facing for video calling. 3D screens, video recording and photography didn’t catch on back in 2011 and that’s why there are no new 3D smartphones these days.
Gillett also said, “We’re in the first year of your TV at home potentially having a camera attached to it, but we’re several years away from the cameras capturing 3D in that context.” But again, this interview sounds like it was conducted in 2010. About 24 million of us have had Microsoft Kinect connected to our TVs since November of 2010 and not only does that function as a camera, but it also captures 3D information in the room in real time. Kinect@Home can even export a 3D model of what Kinect sees to numerous other 3D applications.
“You’ll see much more penetration of 3D on TVs, on computers and ultimately in smartphones, probably, ahead of seeing it for sending a video call.”
Seriously? I’m pretty sure the 3D craze has already come and gone. Maybe it will be back again someday. Regardless, 3D Skype video calls might be an interesting novelty but even right now based on how unsuccessful 3D TVs and 3D smartphones have already been, it sounds like a gimmick that no one will use.
Do you think 3D smartphone screens and video chatting will ever be cool?