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Intel Tech Brings US Closer to the World of 'minority Report'

By CNet

January 9, 2015

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Technology showcased by Intel at the Consumer Electronics Show is largely oriented around RealSense 3D, a depth-sensing camera whose success could dramatically transform human-computer interaction.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich calls 2015 "the beginning of the next consumer technology wave," and he says seven Intel partners will roll out devices outfitted with RealSense.

One RealSense demo was of Intel's True Key app, in which a camera mounted in the front of a home can unlock the door by identifying a person via facial recognition. Another potential use of RealSense is in robots and drones, with Intel's demo in this area featuring RealSense camera-equipped machines that successfully negotiated obstacle courses. Also intriguing is a jacket with embedded RealSense cameras for visually-impaired users, which can perceive the surroundings and emit contextual vibrations.

Krzanich also highlighted Curie, a button-sized chip with a processor, Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensors, and a dedicated engine to ascertain different sporting activities. Curie could potentially power variably designed wearables such as rings, pendants, and apparel.

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