Think everything innovative is happening outside of the computing arena? Not if Intel has a say in it. At Computex 2014, Intel was out in full force, revealing its computing domination plans by enhancing user experience in these three ways.
And they're not exactly new technology. It's how Intel envisions the applications behind these existing solutions that will change the way you use your smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Look ma, no wires
Wires are the bane of every tech lover’s life. Imagine a life without the tangled web that wires weave. Now quell that ache in your heart for it’s a possible future. Intel’s Kirk Skaugen of the PC Client Group showed off plans for wireless everything, from displays to the transfer of data. Intel's WiDi is the wireless display is what Miracast is to most mobile devices. But the added advantage for Intel is the dominance it has over laptops, and in the future, Intel-powered smartphones.
Add a dose of ScreenBeam technology to instantly cast your small screened viewing experience onto the biggest display, and the transition between mobile and desktop is even more seamless than ever.
But what’s most interesting is the possibility of turning ordinary furniture into wireless charging stations with the help of charge pads that users can mount under the table to wirelessly juice (through up to two inches of wood) gadgets with the corresponding technology. We even saw a wireless charging bowl that you can chuck your smartphone into. No more blind stabs in the dark.
Voice recognition has been around for a while but the one that was demonstrated on stage by Intel showed incredible accuracy. Teaming up with speech recognition companies like Nuance Communications and iFlytek, the system was able to accurately transcribe the demonstrator’s delivery of a Chinese tongue-twister in real-time. That would even be challenging for a real person, let alone voice recognition.
If this sort of accuracy holds, we could communicate with our machines in a whole new way, instead of having to repeatedly trying to get Siri to understand us. There’s also the element of fun, with talk of a karaoke game being developed to put your singing chops to the test. Now you'll really find out what your pitch is worth.
The RealSense camera is all of 3.28mm thin, so it can fit into tablets even. But how can RealSense change up the experience when 3D technology has been around for so long?
We're seeing the RealSense 3D technology doing exciting stuff here at Computex. From real-time 50 point face-tracking to background extraction (so that you can still conduct conference calls without having to reveal the unprofessional chaos of your pad), it presents new ways to interact with your devices.
We've also seen gesture controls that give you the force demonstrated in the form of a claw crane and the ability to browse when your hands are too grubby to touch your expensive display.