Brian Krzanich, Intel's Chief Executive Officer demonstrated an Intel® RealSense™ Smartphone developer kit at the 2015 Intel Developer Forum Brian Krzanich, Intel's Chief Executive Officer demonstrated an Intel® RealSense™ Smartphone developer kit at the 2015 Intel Developer Forum Brian Krzanich, Intel's Chief Executive Officer demonstrated an Intel® RealSense™ Smartphone developer kit at the 2015 Intel Developer Forum. (Photo: Intel)

You'll soon have 3D on your smartphone

Intel and Google combine to bring the groundbreaking technology to Android.

Rejoice, Android users: you'll soon have 3D technology in the palm of your hand.

Intel unveiled Tuesday that its RealSense technology is now part of Google's "Project Tango," a smartphone and tablet project meant to produce devices with advanced 3D capabilities (see video below for more on that).

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off a prototype device on stage during his keynote address at the company's Developer Forum in San Diego.

RealSense was engineered by Intel's Israel tech team, which noted in a press release that "Android developers will now be able to create new applications and experiences for the Intel RealSense technology and Project Tango ecosystems including 3D scanning, indoor navigation, depth-enabled photography and video, measurements and immersive augmented reality and virtual reality."

That's an important point to note: this isn't yet a consumer product. Rather it's part of the SDK kit to be released by the end of this year that will allow Android developers to weave this technology into their own creations, thus producing what's expected to be a windfall of interesting new apps.

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