|The Rise of Natural Intuitive Computing|
Intel's Dadi Perlmutter took to the stage in the opening keynote of Intel Developer's Forum 2012 to greet an enthusiastic crowd and evangelize the company's vision of what they call the rise of "natural, intuitive computing." On stage with Dadi were a number of Intel-powered devices including a myriad of Windows 8 tablets and new Ultrabooks from various manufacturers. To be honest, Intel didn't disclose a lot of juicy detail on next generation hardware for the first 20 minutes or so of Dadi's presentation but they focused on a few very innovative new usage models, user interfaces, capabilities and features that are now possible as a result of Intel's relentless, continuous advancements in technology and computing architectures.
And with the resources that Intel can bring to bear, these days the "ecosystem," as they say, is alive and teaming with new initiatives and impressive advancements. And of course Intel plans to power these advancements, from top to bottom, tablet to Ultrabook, with their upcoming 4th generation Core processor technology, code named "Haswell." In fact, Perlmutter was very specific that in Haswell would permeate mobile computing from tablets to notebooks with scalable core counts and power envelopes to support different platforms.
In sort of a Siri alternative on steroids, Intel walked out a Genius demo boy of their own, to take us on a tour of system control and intuitive interaction with a beta of Nuance Dragon Assistant paired with ultrabooks that will roll out in the fourth quarter of this year. As the video shows here, the technology is no doubt, pretty slick...
Perlmutter continued to discuss features that are key to next generation mobile computing experiences, whether they be smartphone, tablet or notebook-driven. Tenants like instant on, responsive voice control, HD cameras with facial recognition, and all day battery life are baseline requirements that Intel will continue to drive with their manufacturing partners.
Next, Intel's Perlmutter demonstrated a beta setup of Creative SoftKinect, which is driven by a Creative Labs 3D camera to enable vision-based gesture input for gaming.
It was actually a fairly cool demo where Dadi showed us his catapult launching skills and then went on to use gestures to expand an rotate an image of the solar system via a Minority Report style interface.
Intel also invited Gary Flood, President of Mastercard Global Services out to the stage to show off a new MasterCard technology called "Paypass."
PayPass combines NFC (Near Field Communications technologies along with Intel Identity Protection technology (IPT) for simpler, safer online shopping at the wave of a smart credit card.
Touch, intuitive voice control and interaction and secure NFC transactions are just the beginning of innovation for Intel's vision of next generation computing experiences. Wrapping up the keynote, Intel went back to highlight their Atom-driven Windows 8 tablets again, this time with a video editing app stitching together a few HD clips and applying a custom theme to the production...
That about wraps up our coverage for the first day of IDF 2012. Make sure you check back often as we'll be bringing you updates at a fast and furious rate, working our fingers to the bone at all hours of the day and night. No rest for the wicked or weary here.