Skype VP, Mark Gillet, said that his company has been working on developing 3D calls In a recent interview. He went on to warn users that it could be many years before the technology launched.
Gillet pointed out that there has been a lot of progress with the adoption of 3D technology in the consumer space over the last few years. He idicated that there are TVs and monitors in the market that can fully utilize the technology. However, he want on to add that there are no devices that can capture video for 3D, as one would have to add multiple cameras to a computer, precisely calibrate them and point them at the right angle to get the required footage.
"We have it in the lab", he said, "we know how to make it work and we're looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about bringing something like that to market."
But some experts, including some of Skype's former employees, believe that 3D is not really the right direction for Skype to be moving towards. As popular as it might seem, it isn't really the most viable technology when it comes to the mases. For instance, BBC has said it would end a two-year experiment with 3D sometime in November. A similar announcement has come from Disney's ESPN division recently after it said that it would be dropping a 3D channel. Even Nintendo has announced the 2DS, a replacement for its 3D enabled 3DS handheld gaming console, indicating that 3D fearure wasn't really a big hit with its users and that it wasn't the element that made the console a success.
Today, Skype celebrates 10 years in existence. The Microsoft owned VoIP service has grown from a start up to one of the most of the successful tech companies to come out of Europe. In fact, downloads of the application surpassed 1 billion copies in 2008, making it one of the most popular free software applications of all time.