Microsoft’s research labs in Cambridge have developed i2i, a camera for use with instant messaging that automatically frames and tracks its subject so that he seems to look at the camera, even if he is staring at his pc screen.
Using multiple webcams and a new algorithm, the technology creates a 3D image which can be rotated and viewed from many angles.
Besides, 3D emoticons can be inserted in the combined image, and appear to float in orbit around the users head. It can also blur the background (for privacy) or insert a different background.
There is no plan to launch it on the market yet. But if one day, maybe not too far away, in the near near future, they could create an application for video phones that would be great.
From The Register.