Attempting to show us the future of personal computing at CES 2013, Intel demonstrates voice and gesture commands, perceptual computing and the newest Haswell chip.
Haswell processors aren’t in production yet, they’re in Intel’s plans for 2014, but Intel takes a glimpse into touch experience with new Windows 8 and wireless touch display. Most improvements will be seen in weight and slim-ness of the portable computers and of course the battery life.
Intel used 11-inch demo ultrabook called “Northcape” lasting 13 hours on a charge and evidently slimmer than what’s currently being offered. Display can be separated from keyboard to act like a tablet. This model is expected to last 13 hours on a single charge.
Playing family games on a table top has been in Microsoft’s mind since Surface tabletop. Intel offers Clovertrail SOC as chip of choice for such device. Companies like Lenovo and Microsoft are working on new tabletops which should be in stores by summer. The biggest question of course is price.
Most popular Intel’s offering for smartphones is Medfield Ivy Bridge processor. New android Lexington smartphone using Atom Z2420 chip, was made by Intel in collaboration with Google. Next chip outlined Intel’s roadmap is Clover Tail+ followed by 22nm Bay Trail “Valleyview” processors. These are likely to be seen around at the end of the year.
Latest 3rd generation architecture require only 7 watts to run. This should result in better battery life. With Haswell processors ultrabooks are expected to be slimmer, lighter and longer lasting. Intel expressed intentions to bring down costs of ultrabooks to $599 starting point.
Intel quickly touched upon Pay TV service currently offered via Comcast. Intel would like to see digital content offered on laptops without set-top boxes.
So, where will the future of portable and desktop computing go? Well, there will be computers that will interact with us understanding various senses. Computers that will feel, hear, smell, see and understand “emotional context”. Computers will have Eye Tracking Interface to know what you’re looking at, learn your habits so providers could send you customized advertisement, one that will make you ‘buy now’. Computers will be better at facial recognition, and will be able to understand your 3D motion gestures. First Perceptual computers will be available next Christmas.
At any rate all portable computers in future will be touch enabled. The reasons for this is not just because touch is more intuitive, though it is a strong factor. The reasons for all convertible, detachable, classic clamshell laptops and of course tablets to be touch enabled is because Intel wants it that way. At CES Intel made it clear that all portables with Haswell chip inside will be touch enabled.
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