Intel® RealSense™ technologies are fundamentally re-shaping the future by equipping devices with the ability to see, understand, interact with, and learn from their environment.1 With years of experience in building every kind of computer vision and depth solution, Intel® RealSense™ technologies are the perfect choice no matter what your depth sensing needs are.

Nowadays most of us as users interact with computers through a keyboard and mouse, which use a graphical interface. Graphical based interface commonly known as GUI (Graphical User Interface).

The graphical interface offers communication between the user and the computer through a graphic symbol, for example to execute an order provided a graphic to be clicked or by pressing certain keyboard keys.

This kind of interaction has been going on for almost 30 years until then new ways of interaction emerge through touch. With touch, computer users become faster and more effective and bring up new forms of interaction such as zooming, scrolling, and flicking.

Although the presence of touch is phenomenal because it is used in almost all hardware, but actually touch is only an update of the way graphics-based interaction. Then the question “What is the new interaction after touch?”

The developers from Intel conducted many experiments using depth cameras, especially when in 2010 the Kinect depth camera technology produced by Microsoft emerged. With another approach, Intel added capabilities to depth cameras with face recognition, gesture recognition and voice recognition.

In 2012, Intel collaborated with several companies such as Nuance, Total Immersion, and SoftKinect to introduce technology called Intel Perceptual Computing and starting in 2014 it was known as Intel RealSense.

Intel RealSense was created to add senses / senses to the PC “brain”. Intel RealSense is not just to replace the keyboard, mouse, and touch or in other words not to change the way we interact with computers. However, to add or complement existing methods so as to provide a new perspective on the interaction between humans and computers.

Intel RealSense has 3 main missions namely N-I-I (Natural, Intuitive, Immersive) which can be explained as follows:

1. Natural

Intel RealSense technology tries to use the way commonly used by humans to communicate. Humans naturally communicate with each other including using voice and hand movements.

2. Intuitive

Intuitive can be interpreted as easy to use and easy to understand. Users can interact with computers without having to study specifically or read too many usage guides. Users can immediately find out how to interact with computers as if they have often done it as well as interactions with fellow humans.

3. Immersive

When interacting with a computer we are connected through a device and really have to “hold” the device such as a keyboard, mouse, and touchscreen. Intel RealSense seeks to remove these restrictions where users no longer need to interact with “holding” any device.

The Technology

Have you heard / seen Intel Realsense ads? Both on TV or on the internet. But what is Intel Realsense? What’s this for? To answer all the questions, let us directly discuss the technology found in Intel Realsense and what it is for.

Depth-Sensing Technology

Intel RealSense is a camera that has 3 lenses, a standard 2D lens used to take photos or videos, an infrared camera and an infrared laser projector. The infra-red is the part that makes RealSense see the distance between objects, separating them from background behind him and will recognize objects, faces and movements compared to a normal camera.

Then what are the uses?

1. Changing the Background Without Greenscreen

If you like to make video calls and want to make the other person do not see what’s behind you (for example, a messy room) you can use this Intel RealSense technology to replace it with a background with other images such as mountains. If with conventional camera technology we need a greenscreen to be able to replace it, because conventional cameras cannot distinguish our body and our background

2. Changing Faces to Avatars

Ever wanted to surprise your friends during a video call? Yes you can surprise them with this Intel RealSense Technology, which is by replacing yourself with animated characters (avatars). RealSense will scan your face shape and replace it with FaceShift software, an application that will replace your face with an avatar. The character will follow the shape of your face, like when you open your mouth, move your eyes, eyebrows and so on.

3. Playing Games with VR

You must be familiar with the technology that is trending again on this one, namely VR (Virtual Reality). But do you know by combining each of the capabilities of VR and Intel RealSense you will feel very united with the game. Why is that?

When you use a VR device your vision will be in the game, but what about your other limbs such as your hands and other limbs? There are indeed tools that support such a controller that is used on the hand. But by using this RealSense camera your hands will be detected in the game without the need for a tool that you hold and will feel very natural, for example when the game we play is throwing a ball, of course you will be more comfortable with your real hands to throw the ball is not it?

4. Measuring the Distance in Pictures

Ever felt it was difficult to measure the size of objects contained in the photo, for example you want to buy things in an online store, you think the size of the item according to the next thing I knew was too small. In the future with the help of technology from RealSense maybe that will not happen again, because with this camera we can measure the distance from the objects contained in the image. But behind the sophistication there is still one drawback. This camera has not been able to measure the distance of objects that are far from us.

5. Avoiding Objects

Intel attaches the camera to a drone and the camera will measure the distance from the drone to the objects around it, that way the drone will fly away from objects that are close to the drone. With this technology, if we have a car that can run on its own, the word crash might disappear from the dictionary.

Windows Hello is one of the example for using this technology.

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