At IDF 2012 earlier today, Dadi Perlmutter spoke about bringing devices into the next level by shifting typical personal computing experience to one that's based on perceptual computing. With devices equipped with these new capabilities, users can expect to have a more natural interaction with their machines, one that's more human-like. Think of your future devices behaving like Jarvis in Iron Man. Well, maybe minus the human-like personality, but you know where we're getting with this.
With future devices being more personal and more powerful, Intel wants the developer community to take advantage of all the different sensors and technologies made available to us today. As a start, Intel wants developers to bring more intelligence to devices using cameras, motion detection sensors and voice.
To encourage participation in developing perceptual computing capabilities into current and future Intel Core-based platforms, Intel will release the first Intel Perceptual Computing Software Development Kit (SDK) 2013 beta. Targeted for release in October 2012, hardware and software developers will be able to look at bringing gesture interaction, facial and voice recognition, and augmented reality into Ultrabooks and PCs. The SDK includes a standard high-level API to help developers reduce development time and testing cost while a low-level API gives developers the ability to innovate and have greater programming control.
The new SDK will also support the Creative Interactive Gesture Camera Developer Kit. This close-range infrared camera will ship at the release of the Perceptual Computing SDK and will cost developers US$149.
In order to further sweeten this for developers, Intel also announced a Perceptual Computing Challenge with up to US$1 million in awards and promotions for application developers. To learn more and download the free SDK, you should visit the Intel Perceptual Computing site.