Intel make big push for 3-D technology in 2-in-1 hybrid notebooks and tablets

by David Needle

January 6 2014

"We're going to revolutionize learning around the world," said Intel's General Manager of Perceptual Computing Mooly Eden. (Photo: David Needle)
"We're going to revolutionize learning around the world," said Intel's General Manager of Perceptual Computing Mooly Eden. (Photo: David Needle)

Get real. That was the message Intel executive Mooly Eden emphasized during a technology preview at CES of 3D technology it plans to embed in mobile devices. 

The idea is to advance the state of user interaction beyond keyboards and even touch to more “natural” interfaces like gestures and voice.

“Intuitive means you don’t need an instruction book to communicate with the machine,” said Eden, Senior VP and General Manager of Perceptual Computing at Intel.

Intel’s RealSense technology with a 3D camera from 3D Systems will be embedded in many so-called 2-in-1 hybrid notebooks from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC due out “early” in the second half of this year. The aim is to let you see depth more naturally much like the human eye does.

With 3-D Mooly said these devices will enable “immersive collaboration” where the device will, for example, be able to track facial recognition to recognize someone’s mood or expression.

Eden joked the term ‘user friendly’ today means “you need a lot of friends to use it.” But  Intel’s vision is that you can just walk up to a computer or device and just talk to it as you would another person.

On that front Intel has partnered with Nuance on the next generation of its Dragon Assistant voice recognition software that has started to ship with 2-in-1 hybrids from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo. Lenovo will also be the first to include Dragon Assistant in a tablet early this year.

The voice software is designed to communicate conversationally, so, as was demoed, you could say “Show me some Family Guy episodes” and the computer launches a list of Family Guy episodes available on Hulu. (The virtual assistant didn’t get the question on the initial try, but nailed it when asked a second time).

Eden also said Intel is collaborating with learning software company Scholastic to bring figures online “to life” and and they’d advances in 3-D technology is going to help the companies “revolutionize learning around the world.”

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