Skype is developing a next-generation video-conferencing technology that would enable 3D video calls.
Skype’s corporative vice-president Mark Gillett has revealed the information in an interview with a BBC journalist.
"We have it in the lab, 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," Gillett said.
The possibility of 3D video calls was first suggested by the company in April this year after Microsoft, Skype's owner, had released an advertisement, saying the company lookes for a way to create doubles for workers unable to attend meetings.
3D technology has previously been tested in the broadcasting environment by the BBC. However, the results of the pilot project seemed to suggest the audience didn’t warm up to the technology and the project was put on hold.
The BBC’s pilot included the opening ceremony of last year’s Olympics being broadcasted in 3D. Out of 1.5 million homes estimated to be equipped with a 3D-enabled TV set, only half actually turned the 3D broadcast on.
BBC concluded the technology requiring the viewer to wear special glasses presents a too ''hassly'' experience to become a sustainable form of home entertainment.