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Lenovo demonstrates monitor with 3D webcam

Lenovo demonstrates monitor with 3D webcam

Lenovo's latest monitor, the L2363d, couples a 3D-ready display with a stereoscopic webcam.

Business PC maker Lenovo is looking to shed its staid image with a new 3D monitor, which includes a built-in stereoscopic webcam for full-3D video-conferencing.

The Lenovo L2363d is a 23in 1,920 x 1,080 TFT display, and it's designed to be paired with one of Nvidia's 3D Vision-capable graphics cards, along with active-shutter glasses.

Although details of the monitor's specifications have yet to be provided by Lenovo, one standout feature has been demonstrated at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas; the in-built 3D webcam.

Featuring a pair of lenses, the stereoscopic camera is built into the bezel of the display and promises to enable users to capture still images or video in glorious 3D. However, the camera can also be switched to 2D mode if you just need a normal webcam.

As well as offline capture, the company claims that the camera can be used with Nvidia's 3D Vision software for video-conferencing in three dimensions. Okay, so it's not quite a holodeck, but it's the closest that consumer technology has to offer at the moment.

The display is currently being demonstrated at CES in tandem with Lenovo's IdeaCentre K330 gaming PC, which features Nvidia graphics technology. In the words of Lenovo Idea director Wei Jin, the machine 'delivers [the] superior quality, performance and compatibility required to our consumers to enjoy an immersive 3D entertainment experience.'

Nvidia is co-marketing Lenovo's products in order to boost the profile of its 3D Vision technology, and has been quick to trumpet the estimated 500 PC games available to play in 3D, along with its support for 3D streaming video and Blu-ray films. However, the technology is still seeing slow adoption, and it's debatable whether the inclusion of a 3D webcam is going to change that.

Would you be tempted by a monitor with a built-in 3D webcam, or do you look for more in a display than just bells and whistles? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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adam_bagpuss 7th January 2011, 12:31 Quote
all i can say is pointless
M7ck 7th January 2011, 12:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by adam_bagpuss
all i can say is pointless

Ah you obviously haven't had a video chat with a hot naked hooker :D This will have its uses.
adam_bagpuss 7th January 2011, 12:51 Quote
lol clearly your mind is more wise than mine
leveller 7th January 2011, 13:13 Quote
... just think of all those long distance relationships that would benefit ...
FelixTech 7th January 2011, 14:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by M7ck
Ah you obviously haven't had a video chat with a hot naked hooker :D This will have its uses.

Motion sickness anybody?
Zurechial 7th January 2011, 15:56 Quote
I'm starting to wish all tech news sites had an option to filter out certain news tags.
'3D' would be at the top of my list for filtering, followed closely by 'tablet'.
Maybe a generic filter for 'near-useless tech industry fads' would be best..

I for one cannot wait for this industry obsession with 3D to end because frankly I think the companies behind it are more excited about it than the consumers.
greigaitken 7th January 2011, 18:41 Quote
just wait till 3d tablets come out! that'll make your day!
varun 10th January 2011, 02:21 Quote
A couple of years ago, a little-known company (Minoru) from the UK launched a 3D webcam at CES - they received a lot of attention. But - to the best of my knowledge - the product failed. It's hardly surprising... to see the video in 3D, the person chatting WITH you needs the glasses. So, not only are YOU, the consumer, paying for someone ELSE to "enjoy" seeing you in 3D (which means there's zero benefit to the buyer), but, worse, you need to send over a set of glasses to the other person.

The ONLY real-world use-case I see for this (albeit a bit geeky, I admit) is home monitoring, using a free service like GotoCamera. Leave the software running on the computer, put on your glasses, and see your home / dog / what-have-you in "glorious" 3D. That you'd end up looking just a little bit geeky when you dig out your phone on the subway or at work and put on the glasses is besides the point... ;-)
Journeyer 10th January 2011, 05:58 Quote
While I'm not sure what I'd actually use a 3D cam for, I do see the appeal in owning one for its gadget value alone. :D

However, as a person who love the 3D stuff that's been coming along lately, I am excited by this.
Bakes 10th January 2011, 20:02 Quote
Great, now you can look stupid in your 3d glasses in front of other people.
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