Your next-gen smartphone camera packs 3D heat (hands-on)

Some seriously smart camera features are landing on your smartphone camera soon. CNET tours you around what's coming down the pike.

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Watch this: I, 3D camera robot

Room 229B may not sound like much, unless you go by its other name: the Robot Room.

Behind a beige door in Qualcomm's camera and imaging lab in San Diego, Calif., the robot in question sweeps its articulated mechanical arm in a surprisingly fluid ballet. Clamped in its metal fist, a smartphone takes in the measured movements.

This was just one scene of a workshop pocketed with testing environments while engineers puzzle out and perfect features that will one day make it onto phones and tablets.

In one area, the team of engineering vice president Serafin Diaz has built a cozy living room, a space meant for 3D scanning rather than for taking a load off. In another part of the lab, heavy-duty tool boxes stacked on top of one another line the hallway to a testing space that promises to make your device camera and gallery a lot smarter.

CNET got close-up with neat imaging tricks from two in-development platforms: Blur and Zeroth. Join us on this tour in the gallery and videos here.

Before new camera tricks land on phones, they start here (pictures)

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