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Working to add more ways to interact with the traditional PC, Intel is building out voice assistant technology with the help of Nuance. Dell is already offering a beta version of the software for its Ultrabooks.
Beyond voice, Intel sees the potential to change PC security. Like many other companies, such as Google, Intel is launching a facial recognition technology for password. The system looks for muscular movement across seven points on the face to defeat photo- or video-based workarounds.
Gesture-based controls are on the way as well, according to the Santa Clara-based chipmaker. Intel partnered with Singapore-based Creative Technology, as part of a $50 million patent licensing deal made last November, to build out software that supports close-up, 10-finger differentiation in 3-D space, with gaming being the primary application here.
Intel also showed off its new eye-tracking technology it has in the works via its partnership with Tobii, a Swedish-based solution provider specializing in eye-tracking and gaze-interaction technology that received $21 million in funding from Intel Capital last March. The demo was a game of Where's Waldo, where in eye-tracking allowed the page of the book to be turned and, naturally, Waldo to be found. Though simple, the demo showed how impressive the eye-tracking was its accuracy and power.
PUBLISHED JAN. 7, 2013