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In an interview with the BBC, Microsoft's corporate vice-president for Skype
Mark Gillett said live 3D video calling is being developed but a long way off
"We've done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture," said Gillett exclusively to the BBC.
"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.
However Gillett sees the technology not being commercialised for several years saying: "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. 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."