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The Intel RealSense Smartphone Goes Up For Preorder

By Jan David Perianes , Jan 07, 2016 10:32 PM EST

To those familiar with one of Windows 10's security measures, Windows Hello unlocks a device simply by recognizing the user's face in place of a password. It's not just a simple photo recognition, however, as it uses Intel's RealSense technology to intelligently determine the user in front of the device. Now, the chipmaker giant has opened up a developer kit for its RealSense camera so that developers will be able to experiment and code apps before it hits consumer release.

The developer kit is a 6-inch smartphone that comes with an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 chipset and the company's innovative RealSense Camera ZR300. The said camera features a depth camera for computing high-density depth, as well as a wide field of view camera complete with a high-precision accelerometer-gyroscope pair that works on motion and feature tracking.

Its 6-inch display sports a quad HD (2560x1440) resolution and is also powered by Intel Gen 8 GPU. It's equipped with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, and it's fitted with an 8MP camera at the back and a 2MP front-facing snapper.

The depth camera it features captures high-quality, dense depth data designed for scanning subjects in 3D and pose estimation. The information it gathers can be used for functions like three-dimensional rendering of subjects such as people and objects, as well as depth mapping for environments.

The developer kit also supports the Google Tango SDK and the Intel RealSense SDK add-on for the Android platform. Through the kit, developers will now be able to create a new breed of software applications using a single mobile platform.

Developers can now reserve their own Intel RealSense Smartphone developer kit for US$399 through the company's website. The device first appeared at the Google I/O last year during the demo of several Project Tango features and games. 

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