Kinect-like motion tracking cameras could be built right into your laptop next year. At the 2013 Intel Developer Conference (IDF), Intel announced that Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will place 3D-depth cameras right inside the screen bezel of computers, starting in the second half of 2014.
Intel's had its eye on motion tracking for some time now, first announcing a partnership with GestureTek back in 2010, working with SoftKinetic and Creative on its perceptual computing initiative, and then acquiring gesture recognition company Omek earlier this year. While previous efforts relied on users mounting pricey external cameras to their monitor, Intel has now built a tiny USB module that can fit right inside the screen. The company says we should expect it to appear in both laptops and all-in-one computers, and showed off reference designs of each on the IDF stage.