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Microsoft's 3D-Sensing Smartphone: Evidence Mounts
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Michael Endler
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6/11/2014 | 3:19:43 PM
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Thanks for the list, Tom. Very cool stuff indeed!
Thomas Claburn
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6/11/2014 | 3:10:33 PM
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 >What are some of the most intriguing applications that you expect from this sort of tech?

Two-player games where real-world position and obstacles matter. eg: you'll be able to shoot at one another virtually and calculate hits and misses accurately.

Navigation apps for enclosed spaces that are precise.

The ability to place 3D overlays on specific objects. eg: instantly replace a person or object in an image with something else. eg: super-easy photo editing.

Inventory applications: Take a picture, identify products on shelves, see how many more are needed.

Warning apps for bikers...put your phone or a wireless camera on your helmet and track nearby obstacles.

The list goes on and on. Depth information makes so much possible.

 
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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6/11/2014 | 2:22:37 PM
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@Thomas,


I know you're following Project Tango pretty closely. What are some of the most intriguing applications that you expect from this sort of tech?
Ariella
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Ariella,
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6/10/2014 | 6:52:40 PM
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@David that's true! Of course, eating in front of a screen is a very bad habit, but many of us fall into it. 
David F. Carr
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6/10/2014 | 5:53:31 PM
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Also handy for when you've been eating Cheetos or BBQ.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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6/10/2014 | 4:09:40 PM
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It's Microsoft's version of Project Tango. And I wouldn't underestimate 3D sensing. It enables many new possibilites for applications. 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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6/10/2014 | 3:27:19 PM
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@Michael granted it's rather a niche market, but many products cater to particular segments rather than just appealing to all. 
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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6/10/2014 | 3:11:04 PM
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Good point! I hadn't thought of that. I'll be honest; I'm a little skeptical that the gesture controls described so far will immediately lead to anything transformational. But you have a point-- there's at least one certain market.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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6/10/2014 | 3:08:47 PM
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Germophobes who hate touching surfaces that others may have touched would be happy to have an option that requires no contact. 


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