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Notebooks with “Intel Kinect” Coming Late 2014

Kinect for Windows | Official Microsoft Website

Kinect for Windows | Official Microsoft Website

After announcing their Capital Experiences and Perceptual Computing Fund last Tuesday, it was reported that Intel dedicated $100 million for computers that can ‘see and hear.’ The fund will be used as an investment for the said project over the next two to three years. Furthermore, the company said that they would license SoftKinect’s issu middleware as an addition to their existing SDK of perceptual computing.

Intel’s Vision: Notebooks That Can ‘See and Hear’

Intel outlined their vision of a PC last September that includes Senz3D—a camera designed by Creative Technologies. The device can be used to interpret gestures, listen to audio commands, and recognize faces.

During that time, the company also announced that they will launch an SDK that will enable the technology. In relation to this, it was reported that Intel is working with various OEM partners to integrate 3D depth camera technology into different “Intel-based devices.” These devices are expected to become available on the second half of 2014. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Creative Technologies will be supplying the camera.

Intel added that their Perceptual Computing Fund will include broader touch applications, imaging, gesture, voice and emotion sensing, as well as biometrics.

No Need to Go a Long Way

On the other hand, some developers claim that Intel does not need to go a long way for their perceptual PC to materialize. In fact, an Israeli developer—PointGrab—showed off the same feature that uses a notebook’s built-in webcam. Moreover, Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8.1 will add support for new gestures like the hands-free volume controls.

Nevertheless, it is still an on-going debate if a hands-free gesture is a replacement for touch user interface.

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