For the past several months, an ever-increasing and more detailed suite of rumours has pointed to the near-future unveiling of the successor to HTC's critically acclaimed and commercially successful HTC One smartphone.
3D (i.e. depth-discerning) cameras, along with the image sensors they're based on, are commonly mentioned in the embedded vision coverage found here on the site. Some times, accurate depth sensing is fundamental to enabling an application. Other times, it makes an application richer than might otherwise be the case, as with gesture interfaces.
As I've written many times before, one key indication that embedded vision has gone "mainstream" is its embrace by the technology industry. IC, core, subsystem, software and services suppliers are making substantial development investments, and the resultant products are being purchased in volume by numerous systems companies. But don't misunderstand; ongoing robust academic activity is also key!
What do you do if you know what embedded vision technology, product and/or service you need, but don't know where to obtain it? The Embedded Vision Alliance has developed several resources to assist you in this endeavor. First off is Find a Supplier. After you fill out and submit the online information request form, it goes directly to the Alliance staff. Staff members will review your request and forward it to appropriate Embedded Vision Alliance member companies, who will then follow up directly with you.