Shara Tibken
CNET.com
December 1, 2013

Chip giant working on "perceptual computing" technology to sense emotions and body language.(Wikimedia Commons)
Chip giant working on “perceptual computing” technology to sense emotions and body language.(Wikimedia Commons)
If the next big wave in devices turns out to be gestures and eye tracking, Intel wants to be ready.

Intel is the king of PCs, but it hasn’t always been ahead of evolving innovations. Its processors power more than 80 percent of the world’s computers and the vast majority of its servers, but Intel has made little headway in smartphones and tablets. To spur interest in PCs again, as well as persuade more mobile device makers to use its chips, Intel has devoted significant resources and efforts to something it calls “perceptual computing.”

Perceptual computing may sound like a jargony, marketing term, but it does just what it says — it uses the senses to help technology interpret what’s going on around it. Those features, such as gestures, facial recognition, and voice recognition, should all make devices more “natural, intuitive, and immersive,” says Anil Nanduri, one of the Intel executives in charge of the company’s efforts in perceptual computing.

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