Intel® RealSense™ Technology: Bringing Human-like Senses to the Devices We Use Today and Tomorrow

Intel RealSense

Intel’s vision of our future client devices, including PCs, tablets & phablets is to make computing more natural and immersive.  In 2014, we introduced Intel® RealSense™ Technology, with our first short range 3D depth camera for notebooks and All-in-One desktops. We continue to lead the innovation of integrating human-like senses into technology. This year at CES 2016 we are excited to launch our first long-range depth camera for 2 in 1s and tablets, the Intel® RealSense™ Camera R200.  In addition, we are also excited to announce the new Intel® RealSense™ Camera ZR300 that is an integrated unit within the Intel® RealSense™ Smartphone Developer Kit. Both new additions to the RealSense family of depth-sensing cameras greatly expands on the universe of applications and use cases for mobile devices – PCs, tablets and phones. Moreover, the short-range Intel® RealSense™ Camera F200 continues to experience strong momentum with integration into more than 25 OEM systems in multiple form factors.

Intel® RealSense™ Camera R200 debuts

The Intel RealSense Camera R200, integrated into 6th Generation Intel® Core™ platforms, is a camera module integrated into the back of 2 in 1 detachable PCs and tablets allowing people to experience:

  • 3D scanning: Scan people and objects in 3D to share on social media or print on a 3D printer.
  • Immersive Gaming: Scan oneself into a game and be the character in top rated games like Grand Theft Auto*, Skyrim*, Fallout 4* and ARMA3*.
  • Enhanced Photography/Video: Create live video with depth enabled special effects, remove/change backgrounds or enhance the focus and color of photographs on the fly.
  • Immersive Shopping: Capturing body shape and measurements as depth data that is transformed into a digital model enabling people to virtually try on clothes.

How does it do all of this? The Intel RealSense Camera R200 is capable of capturing VGA-resolution depth information at 60 frames per second. The camera uses dual-infrared imagers to calculate depth using stereoscopic techniques, similar to how the human eyes sense depth perception. By leveraging infrared technology, the camera provides reliable depth information even in darker areas and shadows as well as when capturing flat or texture-less surfaces. The operating range for the Intel RealSense Camera R200 is between 0.5 meters and 3.5 meters, in indoor situations. The RGB sensor is 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second.

The benefits and capabilities of the Intel RealSense Cameras are generally experienced through applications that leverage the depth imagery for a variety of usages. To help accelerate and support app development, the Intel RealSense Software Developer Kit (RSDK) makes APIs available for a variety of key end-user applications and we are working with a significant number of ecosystem players to deliver experiences like 3D scanning, depth-enabled video and photography, immersive shopping and gaming.

An example of the type of new usages that will be possible is an immersive shopping experience from Intel and Zappos that was unveiled for the first time at CES 2016. Initially a beta release, Intel and Zappos will host pop-up shops and events where invited beta testers will be able to capture their body shape and measurements using a device with a world facing Intel RealSense Camera R200 that is transformed into an Intel RealSense Model. For a limited set of denim products, beta testers can virtually try on multiple sizes and styles on their model and understand how it would fit them.

It is still early days for this technology and these experiences, but we’re excited about what’s possible.

A number of OEM systems featuring the Intel RealSense Camera R200 are currently available, or will be soon, including the HP* Spectre x2, Lenovo* Ideapad Miix 700, Acer* Aspire Switch 12 S, NEC* LaVie Hybrid Zero11 and Panasonic. The Intel RealSense Camera R200 is supported on all Windows 10 operating systems that run on 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors.

Intel® RealSense™ Camera ZR300 for developers

Joining the family of cameras is the Intel® RealSense™ Camera ZR300, being featured as an integrated unit within the newly announced Intel® RealSense™ Smartphone Developer Kit (coming soon). A cutting-edge vision and sensing platform, this developer kit and accompanying device runs on the Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8700 mobile SoC (System on a Chip), and will be offered to Android developers to help bring about the next generation of human-like senses to smartphone and phablet usages.

At the heart of the smartphone development platform is the new Intel RealSense Camera ZR300.  This array of six sensors includes the new Intel RealSense Camera R200, a high-precision accelerometer and gyroscope combo, a wide field-of-view camera for motion and feature tracking, and rounding out the six camera sensors on the device are an 8MP rear RGB camera and a 2MP front-facing RGB camera. The Intel RealSense Camera ZR300 provides high-quality and high-density depth data at VGA-resolution of 60 frames per second.

The Intel RealSense Camera ZR300 supports Google Project Tango specifications for robust feature tracking and synchronization via time stamping between sensors. Combined with its low power consumption the camera can provide versatile experiences, such as indoor mapping and navigation, as well as area-learning capabilities that naturally complement applications in 3D scanning as well as immersive virtual and augmented reality usages on top of drones and robotics applications.

The Intel RealSense Smartphone Developer Kit runs on Android OS, and implements Google’s Project Tango Product Development Kit (PDK) and the Intel RealSense SDK add-on for Android. Additional technologies include Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, 802.11 WIFI, and 3G-connectivity. At the moment, the Intel RealSense Camera ZR300 will only be available as an integrated module inside the Intel RealSense Smartphone Developer Kit, whose pre-order site goes live at CES 2016.

Intel® RealSense™ Camera F200 Gains Momentum

Momentum continues to grow with Intel® Core™ based notebooks and all-in-one (AiO) systems that leverage the Intel® RealSense™ Camera F200 for a variety of short range, user facing usages and applications.

The Intel RealSense Camera F200 is capable of detecting the people and objects in the foreground and separate them from the background. This background segmentation can enable more immersive collaboration by letting people selectively remove and replace their background or create and share content while video chatting on services like ooVoo and Tencent QQ. But it’s more than just collaboration. RealSense can enable a virtual green screen for gamers, allowing players to stream their live gameplay on popular broadcasting platforms such as Twitch, Xsplit and OBS. Smack talk can also go to another level when players and their opponents can see each other’s reaction on a video chat projected in the games border, removing all other background using an app like Personify. Of course, the Intel RealSense Camera F200 also enables gesture control so that games can be played in wholly different ways as on independent titles Laserlife and Nevermind and with the Intel® Block Maker people can scan objects and then import those 3D objects into their Minecraft game’s world.

Finally, Intel is also helping bring about an end to the need for remembering passwords. With the Intel RealSense Camera F200’s facial recognition capability, people can literally login with a look and manage secure login to multiple sites when combined with Microsoft* Windows Hello™ and Intel True Key.

More than 25 systems from OEMs like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and NEC now ship worldwide with Intel® RealSense™ Technology integrated inside. For more on Intel RealSense, visit:

Intel is working with a full range ecosystem players to develop applications supporting the Intel RealSense Camera F200 and R200 usages. For the current list of available apps and to keep an eye on the exciting new experiences, visit the Intel RealSense App Showcase.

Extending into new markets

Beyond client devices, Intel RealSense Technology is bringing human-like sense to experiences into new and exciting markets. Some of the ways this comes to life were demonstrated at CES 2016, including: robots that leverage Intel RealSense to intelligently interact with people in a home or hotel, drones and unmanned aerial vehicles that can use the camera technology to avoid collision, virtual and augmented reality on mobile devices thanks to the Intel RealSense SDK and cameras (and even within filmmaking), as well as expanded experience for gaming and sports.

In summary, we know that computing devices are getting faster every generation but now they are also becoming more human like.  This will enable consumers to do things they never imagined. At Intel, we are excited to lead this transformation of computing into the future.


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Sanjay Vora

About Sanjay Vora

Sanjay Vora is vice president in the Client Computing Group and general manager of User Experiences at Intel Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for driving the company's User Experience strategy & vision to deliver compelling, next-generation experiences across all compute devices. In addition, he leads the Intel Experiences Group responsible for execution & go-to-market for centralized user experiences. Prior to this role, Vora led Intel's PC Strategic and Product Planning organization for the company's largest business, notebook & desktop platforms, with over $33B revenue in 2013. His responsibilities included silicon/technology roadmap and product planning across both consumer and enterprise platforms. Prior to managing the client planning team, Sanjay has held a variety of strategic planning and product marketing roles at Intel. Since joining Intel in 1997, Vora has been a key player in the development of many of our corporate strategies including establishing the "tick-tock" model, "right hand turn," Intel's shift to low power and Ultrabook™ device roadmap. Vora holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Penn State and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon.

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