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Intel is now bringing human-like senses to its devices so, in the future, computers, Smartphones, tablets and other devices will be able to understand their users and deliver a ‘Real Sense’ to the viewers.
The company has a new family of hardware and software products in the works that will be powered by its RealSense™ technology in a bid to make interaction with technology less demanding and more instinctive and extremely immerse.
“For decades, people have had to learn new languages, techniques and commands to get our devices to do what we want,” said Mooly Eden, senior vice-president and general manager of Intel’s Perceptual Computing Group.
“Our vision with Intel RealSense™ technology is to reverse that, and make our devices learn and understand us. By equipping them with technologies that mimic human senses in a more genuine way, our everyday experiences such as learning, communication and gaming are transformed; and entirely new ones are possible.”
Intel unveiled the first product featuring its RealSense™ technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas late Monday. Dubbed the Intel RealSense™ 3D camera, the device is the world’s first integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module that “helps devices see depth much like the human eye.”
The camera, which features an elite depth sensor and a full 1080p color camera, can sense finger level movements allowing for extremely precise recognition of gestures and facial features to better understand movement and emotions. It can also understand foregrounds and backgrounds offering more control.
Intel’s new technology will appear in more than just its own devices. A number of products from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC will incorporate the new camera. Although they will not be available until the second half of 2014, Intel, during its presentation at CES, showcased seven different devices with the integrated camera from Dell, Lenovo and Asus.
Eden said “Intel RealSense™ technology will deliver new immersive experiences, including changing how people collaborate through video conferencing, enhanced learning and edutainment through augmented reality, immersive gaming, and the ability capture and share 3D images.”
He demonstrated the abilities the technology will lend to video calling and conferencing, a project the company has worked with Microsoft to produce. The technology serves up “more immersive video calls than ever before on Skype and Lync,” Eden said.
The 3D camera, for instance, will enable users to choose their background during a video call — they can either change the appearance of the background, or remove it completely.
The company also announced its next-generation Nuance Dragon Assistant designed for Intel RealSense™ technology. Nuance, which has the primary function of advancing a device’s hearing sense, is now available on a variety of systems from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo and soon will be available for Asus and Toshiba.
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