Beau HD demos the Intel RealSense 3D camera technology on the Dell Venue 8 7000. The Dell Venue 8 7000 features the world's first integrated Intel RealSense Depth Camera, in which three cameras create a high-definition depth map that enables measurement, refocus, and selective filters with a touch of a finger. The technology allows you to refocus images and measure length, width, and height to scale with your photos.
Right after I uploaded my full review of the Dell Venue 8 7000, Intel released an update to enable measurements using the Intel RealSense 3D camera. So in this video, I’m going to demo everything you can do with the depth data and also test to see how accurate it is.
This is the Dell Venue 8 7000. On the back of this tablet features 3 cameras—there’s two 720p capable cameras to capture strictly depth related information and then 1 8MP camera sensor at the bottom. Now I mentioned in my full review, the camera quality is pretty bad and unfortunately, it still is after the update. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do some cool things with the Intel RealSense technology.
For example, if we boot up the camera app, we’ll see that first of all, it functions in landscape mode. And in the upper left hand corner, there’s two different camera angles that record depth in the images you capture. So when you go back to one of the images already captured, you’ll see that there are a couple of different options with regards to what we can do with the depth information.
The first is a measurement tool so you can tap on the ruler icon and measure various subjects in our photos and it will give us a rough measurement. All you have to do is tap on one part of the subject and then tap on another side of the project and it will give you an approximate line measurement. There’s even a little magnifying glass to help you pinpoint exactly where you want to measure. What’s also neat is that it can calculate surface area in square feet in a similar process. You just need to drag a few more lines around the subject and it should give you a rough estimate if there’s enough data recorded.
Another neat feature you can do with the Intel RealSense technology is refocus your subjects after a photo has been captured. You can tap on the focus icon next to the measurement tool and it will present you with a slider where you can adjust the depth of field. For example, you just need to tap on the subject you want to view in focus and move the slider all the way to the right and your picture will look very ‘Bokehlicious’.
So that is really the two depth-related features you can do with the Intel RealSense 3D cameras. I captured several images where I measured the subjects in real life and then measured them with the Intel RealSense cameras to see just how accurate the technology is. I do want to note that I did recently install the update and Intel did warn me that it will become more accurate the more I use this feature.
But with that said, the first image is one of my white IKEA desks that measures in at 3.2 feet or 39 3/8 inches. The Intel RealSense measurement tool says it’s about 3.4 feet in length so it’s actually very close.
The next image I captured was of a drawer unit that measures in at 27.5 inches or about 2.29 feet. The Intel RealSense measurement tool says it’s about 2.3 feet. So it was just about spot on. You really can’t get much more accurate than that. It did a great job.
Now for the third test, I wanted to try and measure some of the items on my desk via an almost face-down view. I measured my Nexus 9, which has the HTC Magic Cover on it and the Intel RealSense tech estimated it to be about 8 inches in length. The actual length is about 9 inches, so once again, it was very close.
I hope this video helped you guys get a better idea as to what exactly the Intel RealSense 3D technology is capable of. It actually was a lot more accurate than I thought it would be. I thought it would have a lot more trouble with the last image but it did a pretty good job. You just need to make sure you pinpoint on each point as accurately as possible.
So let me know what your thoughts are on the Intel RealSense technology on the comments below!