Intel's press event at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 was all about making interacting with machines and with technology in general, intuitive. To that effect, Intel announced a series of hardware and software products which will be seen in future Intel devices and which will come under the Intel RealSense technology.
The Intel RealSense 3D camera is one of the first products in the new family and is the world's first integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module that helps devices “see” depth much like the human eye.
A closer look at the Intel RealSense 3D camera module
“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, general manager of the 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.” Eden also spoke about collaborations with companies such as 3D Systems, Autodesk, DreamWorks and so on.
Mooly Eden showcasing the 3D camera module that will be seen in upcoming Intel based devices (Image Courtesy: CNET)
The first Intel RealSense 3D camera features a best-in-class depth sensor and a full 1080p color camera. It has the ability to detect finger level movements enabling highly accurate gesture recognition, facial features for understanding movement and emotions. It can understand foregrounds and backgrounds to allow control, enhance interactive augmented reality, simply scan items in three dimensions, and more. The areas where a 3D depth camera may be useful are varied such as online collaboration via video conferencing, enhanced learning through augmented reality and so on. It will most likely be integrated in Ultrabooks including 2-in-1s and AIO designs with partners such as Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo and so on.
Intel is expecting school-going children to pick up the intuitive gesture based computing and enhance their learning abilities by making studies interactive and incorporating augmented reality in a classroom environment.
Intel also announced the next generation of Dragon Assistant from Nuance which will boost the machine's ability to hear voices and act according to the audio commands, thereby giving the machine a sense of hearing..
The new Dragon Assistant is an entirely new conversational personal assistant that works with popular websites and applications. It comes with selectable personalities, and allows for an ongoing dialogue with Intel-powered devices. People can simply tell it to play music, get answers, connect with friends and find content – all by using natural language. Dragon Assistant is also capable of calendar checks, getting maps and directions, finding flights or booking a dinner reservation.