Next-gen PCs will be controlled by speech and body language
By Darien Graham-Smith in San Francisco
Posted on 12 Sep 2012 at 01:24
Touchscreens may seem poised to take over the world; but Intel plans over the next few years to have us using not only touch but gesture, movement, voice and even facial expressions to interact with our computing devices.
In his opening keynote at IDF, Dadi Perlmutter introduced a new partnership between Intel and Nuance, developers of Dragon voice recognition software. The Dragon Assistant software will be preinstalled on Ultrabooks from participating OEMs from the end of this year, and will allow users to use voice to search the web and local libraries, and to interact with social media services such as Twitter and Facebook. Effectively, it’s Siri for Windows in all but name.
Perlmutter also showed off a new 3D camera which perches on the top of a monitor or laptop and provides Kinect-style motion tracking. Manufactured by Creative and available from early 2013, the system appears remarkably accurate: Kirk Skaugen of Intel’s PC Client Group demonstrated how it tracked each of his ten fingers in real-time, and showed a simple game based on mimicking the hand movements of an onscreen character.
Skaugen predicted that such cameras would in time be built directly into laptop screens and PC monitors, as basic webcams are now, bringing gesture control to every display.
Intel calls this multi-input approach “Perceptual Computing” – and to encourage its development the company has today released a free beta of its forthcoming Perceptual Computing SDK, enabling programmers direct access to libraries supporting face analysis, finger tracking, close-range hand gesture recognition, voice processing and object tracking in both 2D and 3D.
My computer may get paranoid
I've lost count of the number of times I've raised my fist to my computer when it has not performed as it should.
If it understands my body language it may become paranoid. I don't really fancy having to whisper sweet nothings into it's auditory input to turn it on. If I have to do that, I'll only buy female computers - then I won't mind so much when it goes doen on me.
By shrek59 on 13 Sep 2012
I always felt that voice control was a bit of a computing sideshow. Can you imagine an office full of people trying to take customer orders, send emails, write documents and update spreadsheets by voice, the noise would be unbearable!
All those people talking and waving their arms about at the same time? I'm not convinced it's the way to go.
By njm1404 on 13 Sep 2012
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