CES 2014: Intel stresses need for 'natural' computing with RealSense

Forget any ideas about brainwashing. The Internet of Things means devices will eventually be smarter than the people building them.


As the Internet of Things continues to take over the world, we're narrowing the gap between what we can do with our computing devices and the human brain, according to Intel senior vice president Mooly Eden.

Also general manager of Intel's Perceptual Computing unit, Eden kicked off Intel's annual keynote slot by trumping up wearable technology, one of the given mega-trends steering the trade show this week.

But it won't stop there, according to Eden.

"The question is, 'What enabled this revolution?'" Eden asked rhetorically.

Being an Intel senior vice president, Eden's answers fall within the overarching ethos for at the processor giant: the invention of transistors and integrated circuits as well as Moore's Law.

Eden further predicted that there will be as many transistors on a chip as there are neurons in the human brain within the next 12 years.

But Eden also stressed that in order to keep progressing along this trajectory, computing needs to take on a more "natural" approach.

Thus, enter Intel RealSense, a new family of technology comprised of hardware and software products that will make human interfaces "natural."

The first product is a 3D camera set to be embedded on laptop computers made by OEM partners such as Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Dell, and HP. The mixture of 3D depth and a 2D camera module is designed to mimic the human eye -- if not surpass its capabilities altogether.

Eden promised "many more" products to follow in the RealSense brand, but the full 1080p color 3D camera results don't stop at digital modeling and editing.


Intel is also teaming up with 3D Systems so that those images can eventually be used as blueprints to be realized in tangible form via 3D printing -- another topic expected to revolutionize both consumer and enterprise tech throughout 2014 and beyond.

Appearing on stage in Las Vegas alongside Eden, 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental posed another rhetorical question, answering himself in the same sentence that the question isn't if 3D printing will become commonplace -- but when.

At one point during the keynote, Eden suggested that voice recognition is actually more important than touch.

In line with that hypothesis, the next generation of Nuance's Dragon Assistant voice recognition software is coming to Ultrabooks and tablets built by Asus, Toshiba, Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo later this year.

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