January 7, 2014
CES 2014: Intel’s RealSense Brings Human Interface A Touch Beyond
Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Intel is appealing to the senses in its next push for “Intel Inside” devices. Dubbed “RealSense,” the concept includes technology to replicate or work with human interface features such as touch, gesture control and 3D imaging.
The chip giant dubbed this to be of the emerging world of “perceptual computing,” which could include an evolving interface that makes use of gestures, voice recognition and facial recognition. The key to this is for devices to be more natural and intuitive to use, while also helping to immerse users into the experience.
RealSense is a technology that Intel has developed in collaboration with other companies, and will be released in Intel-based 2-in-1 tablets, Ultrabooks, notebooks, all-in-one systems and other mobile devices from a range of manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and NEC in the second half of 2014.
Central to the new technology form is a 3D camera, which the company demonstrated in a number of applications including infotainment, productivity and entertainment. Intel showed off a 3D camera the size of an index finger – or for good measure a Vegas casino chip – and thinner than two quarters, CNET reports. The compact size of the 3D imaging unit makes it possible to be built into a number of products including mobile devices such as tablets and smaller-size notebook computers.
When used in video conferencing or video blogging the camera could be used to change the background but without the need or necessity of a green screen. It could also be used for screen navigation via hand gestures and facial recognition.
While the 3D unit will allow for photographs to be taken with the technology and the creation of 3D designs that can then be printed using a 3D printer, it also allows for other functions such as gesture controls and other activities that 3D imaging can open up.
“The company demonstrated ways the 3D camera can be applied. It can ease 3D printing, as Intel will work with company 3D Systems, a leader in the 3D printing industry, to do. In video conferencing and video blogging, the camera can recognize different foregrounds and backgrounds and replace whichever with different images, like a green screen would. It can also be used for simple screen navigation, pinching in the air and sweeping your hand in one direction to move a screen forward and back, or it can track face position to move Google Earth images in the direction the user's face turns,” CNET’s Joan E. Solsman wrote.
RealSense helps provide the building blocks for the Internet of Things so that devices can connect and perform functions with a nod or other programmed gestures.
While RealSense is, at its basis, a hardware tool, software also plays a large integral part.
Software from a number of developers will provide the ability for users to program functions, or provide a gesture or other solution. The next generation of Nuance’s Dragon Assistant voice recognition software was developed for this platform and will be included on Ultrabooks and tablets from Asus, Toshiba, Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo later this year, ZDNET reports.