perceptual computingAn Overview of Intel’s Perceptual Computing

Until now, mouse and keyboard are used as a standard method for interacting with the computer. However, Intel has come up with the technology called Perceptual Computing which paves the way for interacting with computer peripherals and other devices with touch, gesture, eye control, 2D/3D object tracking, and voice and speech recognition. This technology can be implemented on 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor powered-Ultrabook devices and PCs. Perceptual Computing technology replaces the feature of text passwords by providing face and voice recognition for user authentication. Gesture recognition will be used in gaming, engineering, graphic designing, educational activities and similar fields.

Gesture computing can be used for executing computer commands directly and providing a natural interface with the machine. Facial recognition along with voice recognition can provide better security in the coming future by ensuring that the computer security is not compromised.

Intel Perceptual Computing SDK:

Intel has been offering a Perceptual Computing SDK to developers since September 2012 in beta to implement their ideas.

Nuance is in progress of collaborating with Intel for advanced voice recognition with support for nine languages in 27 countries. An essential constituent of Perpetual Computing is voice assistance for posting news and updates to social networking sites, searching Wikipedia, and controlling video games.

Creative Labs is offering a compact and interactive 3D Gesture camera which measures depth sensation on close range interactions between 6 – 36 inches for object tracking. This will allow developers natural, immersive, innovative software applications for the next generation Intel’s Ultrabooks and PCs.

The facial recognition tool provides the capability to enable the strong password for computer security. This component can identify the multiple muscular points on human being’s face which decreases the risk of unauthorized access to the computer making it more secure.

Below is the link for free downloading Intel’s Perceptual Computing SDK 2013 Beta, which is available for all.

Perceptual Computing Manuals:

Intel is providing a User Manual guide, Sample guides, Core Manual, Gesture Manual, and Framework Manuals. Core manual gives all the details of SDK architecture and functions with utility classes. Framework Manuals provide interface between Unity 3D engine, Processing prototyping engine and frameworks. Gesture Manual provides all the details of close range hand/finger tracing features.

Showcase Apps Application:

Intel also provides Intel Perceptual Computing SDK Beta Showcase application which gives users a chance to check and interact with Perceptual Computing technology. Here user can actually see how Perceptual Computing can make a difference in interaction with computer.

Future of Perceptual Computing:

This new technology can change the way we interact or come in contact with our computer peripherals. This technology can give new dimensions to gaming industry, computer security, architecture and designing world and many more areas.

Advantages of Perceptual Computing:

  • Gesture control will help people with disabilities or with little education to interact with the computer intuitively.
  • Voice and facial recognition will ensure that PCs are more secure than just being password protected.

Challenges in adoption of Perceptual Computing:

  • Many OEMs (PC manufacturers) may not have technical resources and competency to adopt and implement this technology.
  • The hardware requirements to implement perceptual computing will increase the cost of the final product. Many OEMs serving the lower end of the market will continue with the traditional mouse and keyboard.
  • Some OEMs will wait for the SDK to stabilize and the technology to mature before adopting Perceptual Computing.
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