Celebrating its tenth anniversary, online video chatting app Skype has announced that it plans to launch 3D video calls.
The revelation was made by a senior executive of the firm to BBC, who also warned that the release could take several years.
The online video chatting application is said to be working on the new feature and also posted an advertisement in April 2013, which specifically said that it wanted to find a way to "create body doubles" for workers who cannot travel to other places for meetings.
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"We've done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture," Mark Gillett, Microsoft's corporate vice-president for Skype said during an interview with the British news organization. "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."
Confirming the senior executive's claim, Gillett also explained that 3D video chats would take longer to catch on.
"I can imagine a day when you have a 3D-cellphone screen that doesn't need 3D-glasses to use it," he added. "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."
Skype has also indulged in exploring ways to provide 1080p "super high definition" resolution for video calls in devices like smartphones and tablets. Microsoft's upcoming console Xbox One will be one of the first devices to support the high resolution.
It is said that the feature would require extra power back up to process the high definition display, which will be there in smartphones and tablets in the future.
This software will not only be limited to Xbox One, but will also be extended to its rival, Sony's upcoming gaming console PlayStation 4.
"We've worked with Sony for a long time," he said. "Skype ships today on the PlayStation Portable amongst other cross-platform devices that we deliver to, and for the last few years we've also been shipping versions of Skype that run on Sony TVs. We're obviously not party to their pre-release [PlayStation] hardware road map [but] we're committed to cross-platform."
Skype's initiative to introduce 3D to video calling will bring a significant change in the way people communicate with each other across the world.
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