Perceptual computing was the focus of Intel researchers at the recent International CES conference. Intel views gestures, voice commands, and facial expressions as ways to control computers in the not-so-distant future. Intel's Alastair Ong presented a demonstration in which he controlled a computer using hand gestures. "Right now, we use keyboards and mice," he says. "We're moving away from that. We're looking for ways to improve the user experience. What's more empowering than controlling our computers?"
Perceptual technology would recognize, for example, when a gamer looks frustrated and could make the game easier, or would notice when a cook has flour on her hands and could turn the pages of an online recipe.
Some observers wonder whether perceptual computing could be used in advertising, and Ong says that could work by enabling the technology to show an ad for coffee to someone who looks tired. He says Intel sees perceptual computing as a way to improve the user experience.
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