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American chip maker Intel has unveiled Creative Senz 3D peripheral camera at the on going Computex convention. The camera lets users to control PCs with hand gestures and voice commands similar to Microsoft's Kinect accessory for the Xbox consoles. The peripheral is to be made available between July and September.
Intel Creative Senz 3D Camera
The camera which is intended to add 3D depth to Intel-powered computers, also comes facial recognition capabilities. Further more, it can be used as a tool for security purposes.
By the looks of it, Touchscreens and touchpads might soon be phased out for air gesture and voice command recognition. Senz 3D which has been unveiled by Intel in collaboration with Creative is by all means a smart camera, it can differentiate between a person and the environment. 3D depth feature allows the camera allows It to pick up depth, movement and facial characteristics. As Intel demonstrates, one of it's plug-ins glows it to remove the background behind the subject in a photo or a video.
The peripheral also comes with Dragon Assistant, which is like a personal digital assistant, able to recognise your voice tone and speech.
Even though this is a impressive piece of technology, it is quite bulky. But, eventually the designs will be refined and the devices will get smaller and smaller. Intel have already said that they will eventually be integrating Creative Senz3D laptops and tablets. Also, there is news that HP has partnered with Leap Motion to add motion webcams to select devices. The new trend is sure picking up, this could mean bye bye to touchscreens.
Next-Generation 22nm Intel Atom Processor-based SoC for Tablets and 2-in-1s
Meanwhile, Intel also made another major unveiling at Computex 2013. The company introduced it's next-generation 22nm quad-core Atom SoC for tablets. Called as Intel XMM 7160, this will be the company's first processor to utilize 4G LTE multimode solution. The chipset will be able to support high-end graphics, including 4K videos and is claimed to have a battery life of 8 or more hours. The chipset will be compatible with Android and Windows 8.1 (Blue) platforms and will support global LTE roaming in a single SKU.
As per the press release, Intel claims that, the next-generation Intel Atom processor-based SoC for tablets ("Bay Trail") provides the best balance of performance, features and battery life, he added. Taking full advantage of the broad spectrum of capabilities enabled by Intel's design, microarchitecture, 22nm tri-gate transistor technology, and leading-edge manufacturing, Intel can quickly scale up and down in performance and power efficiency to address various market and product needs.
With the new 22nm Silvermont architecture, Intel delivers industry-leading performance with fewer cores, allowing Intel platforms to bring to life incremental features and capabilities.
Further, the new Intel Atom processor-based platform comes equipped with hardware-based security with McAfee Live Safe to keep online identity private, protect from phishing attacks and keep data secure while protecting the devices.
Also, Intel's next-generation Atom processor for tablets will provide the benefits of both performance and productivity. Any task performed on a tablet or 2-in-1 device, from light photo editing to office productivity, becomes much faster and more interactive. People will see increased capability and richer content and will be able to play popular 3-D games on these sleek, battery-efficient devices than previously possible.
Bay Trail also represents the first time Intel is offering its customers a mobile platform solution that is flexible with regard to operating system and the company will provide the same great Intel tablet performance and high-resolution graphics at cost savings to consumers.
Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and PC Client Group general manager said, "4th generation Intel Core processors offer the most significant gain in battery life enabling ever achieved by Intel, up to double the graphics and significant CPU performance improvements that are delivering exciting new consumer experiences."
He concluded by saying, "Today's announcement accelerates a new category of 2-in-1 computing devices delivering the best of a notebook and a tablet in amazing new form factors. This year is the perfect time for consumers to refresh their old tablet or PC with these new 2-in-1 devices."