“Perceptual” technology enables our devices to understand our intentions in a more natural way than more traditional forms of input, such as a keyboard and mouse. Intel’s intention is to enable computers to work around us, rather than us having to continue to work around them. To achieve this, we need to give our devices more human-like senses, which we can liken to elements of the human body.
The analogy of the CPU being the “brain” of the computer is not new, and it’s not hard to think of touchscreens and sensors, which are common in Ultrabook™, as being the "nervous system" of a device. But now as cameras become higher resolution, and as we introduce two cameras to the system, we give the device better recognition capabilities and the perception of depth, similar to how our eyes work. The first amazing new experience this enables is facial authentication on your device—your face is your password. See our "Distance and Movement Technologies" page for interesting insights on the new opportunities that afford us.
Then there are the microphones. Intel has worked hard with major industry players and partners to introduce an entirely new level of microphone accuracy within our Ultrabook™, notebook, and all-in-one devices through the use of dual-array microphones. We can liken these to the human ears, which can then interpret us through the use of advanced voice recognition technology; of course, this is complemented by the use of speakers that output a synthesised “voice” of the device.