Dude. Don’t buy a new computer this year or a new anything. Spend your money on food and shelter. In a little while, everything will be insane. Texas Instruments has just outed a chip that’ll be on the market in 2012 and it will knock our collective socks off.
But enough about the tech. What’ll it let your 2012/2013 tablets do? Pretty much everything, and possibly more, that your laptop does right now. Key features include the ability to support up to four cameras at the same time—a ridiculous trick, you may think, until you realize this translates into the ability to portray real-time 3-D video feeds at up to full-HD resolution, real-time conversion of 2-D video into 3-D output, as well as recording real-time 3-D video. This could take tablet-based or mobile video conferencing into the third dimension in a truly mind-popping way (to say nothing about the possibilities for Chatroulette in 3-D)…
TI also notes the chip enables “24-megapixel imaging” which would (shoved into a big smartphone or pocket tablet, along with the right lens technology) deal a serious death-blow to the compact digital camera market. There’s also mention of “PC-like Internet browsing,” which we take to be a reference to the speed and complexity of mobile browser experiences, because tablet web browsing is already pretty impressive.
The future is going to be so awesome.