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Intel: ‘Perceptual computing to be beyond what we imagined’

With perceptual computing on the verge of bringing more natural and immersive user-computer relationships to the masses, Intel has suggested that the futuristic features will “be far beyond what we imagined.”

Claiming that consumers will soon be interacting with their PCs through a selection of natural, depth-responsive gestures, akin to those found on the Xbox friendly Microsoft Kinect, Intel has claimed that the futuristic, motion, voice and augmented reality computer commands will quickly outstrip expectations.

“This technology is going to be far beyond what we imagined of it originally,” Craig Hurst, Director of Visual Computing Products at Intel told TrustedReviews. “We have some ideas and we are doing things, but three years from now there is going to be some experiences that are like “wow, that’s amazing.””

With Hurst suggesting that keyboards and mice could soon be signed to the annals of history, the Intel executive has claimed that, despite much research and ambitious goals, the true capabilities of what perceptual computing could offer are still not fully known.

“Perceptual computing has limitless possibilities,” Hurst said. “What I find so fascinating about this technology is that we don’t know what this will become. We don’t know what the innovations will be over the next three to five years, it’s going to be fascinating to watch this play out and how people are innovating on it.”

With Intel delving head first into the world of perceptual computing, even spreading its own murmurings of future ultrabooks with inbuilt depth assessing Kinect-style gesture reading dual-cameras, the tech giant has predicted that 2013 come mark the true start of widespread perceptual computing expansion.

“I’m optimistic that perceptual computing will take off quickly,” Hurst stated. “I’m optimistic that once developers see how easy it is to get access to these capabilities, and how readily they can produce interesting experiences, it is going to cause an explosion in the ecosystem and consumers are going to start getting access to this and find some really interesting, fun things they enjoy and I think that is going to be extremely powerful.”

He added: “This year is really about the explosion of all these new species of applications out there and it’s going to take a while before we see who is at the top of the pyramid, but it’s going to be fascinating to watch.”

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