Intel Wants PCs to Perceive Like Humans

Intel Announces RealSense Technology

by Anton Shilov
01/07/2014 | 11:00 PM

At the Consumer Electronics Show Intel Corp. introduced a new technology called RealSense that promises to bring human senses to Intel-based devices in a new family of hardware and software products later this year. The Intel RealSense 3D camera is one of the first products in the new family and is the world's first integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module that helps devices "see" depth much like the human eye.

 

"For decades, people have had to learn new languages, techniques and commands to get our devices to do what we want. Our vision with Intel RealSense technology is to reverse that, and make our devices learn and understand us. By equipping them with technologies that mimic human senses in a more genuine way, our everyday experiences such as learning, communication and gaming are transformed; and entirely new ones are possible," said Mooly Eden, senior vice president, general manager of the perceptual computing group at Intel.

The first Intel RealSense 3D camera features an advanced depth sensor and a full 1080p color camera. It has the ability to detect finger level movements enabling highly accurate gesture recognition, facial features for understanding movement and emotions. It can understand foregrounds and backgrounds to allow control, enhance interactive augmented reality, simply scan items in three dimensions, and more.


Personal computers with Intel RealSense sensors and software.

According to the Intel executive, said Intel RealSense technology will deliver new immersive experiences, including changing how people collaborate through video conferencing, enhanced learning and edutainment through augmented reality, immersive gaming, and the ability capture and share 3D images. Intel also expects that gestures, voice and touch will encourage children to become more active participants in games rooted in learning.

The Intel RealSense 3D camera will be integrated into a growing spectrum of Intel-based devices including 2 in 1, tablet, ultrabook, notebook, and all-in-one (AIO) designs. Systems with the new camera will be available beginning in the second half of 2014 from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC. On stage, Intel showcased seven different devices with the integrated camera from Dell, Lenovo and Asus.


Lenovo ThinkPad with Intel RealSense sensors and software.

To demonstrate the possibilities of video calling and conferencing with the Intel RealSense 3D camera, Intel and Microsoft Corp. have collaborated to deliver more immersive video calls on Skype and Lync. The 3D camera provides the ability to control and remove a person's background during a video call, to present only the caller and not what is actually behind them. With this capability, people have more options; they can change the appearance of their background, or remove it all together to share a presentation, watch a movie or sporting event together.

Additionally, 3D Systems (3DS) CEO Avi Reichental, joined Eden on stage to detail the collaboration between the two companies to bring 3D scanning and printing to the mainstream user. As early as the second half of 2014, 3DS will make available its consumer Sense scanning, editing and 3D printing software applications on Intel-powered devices equipped with the new Intel RealSense 3D camera. As a result, the student, the hobbyist and the consumer will be able to easily and affordably create compelling 3D items. Additionally, 3DS plans to make its 3D scanning technology available to developers as part of the Intel RealSense software development kit.

There are a number of other companies participating in Intel’s RealSense initiative.