Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Intel Capital Creates $100M Perceptual Computing Fund

Business Wire: Intel Capital announces a $100M investment fund to accelerate Perceptual Computing (PERC) technologies across the spectrum of Intel architecture platforms. "Devices with human-like senses – the ability to see, hear and feel much like people do – has long been a subject of science fiction but is now within reach given recent innovations in compute power and camera technology," said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel executive vice president. "This new fund will invest in start-ups and companies enabling these experiences, helping them with the business development support, global business network and technology expertise needed to scale for worldwide use."

The Intel Capital Experiences and Perceptual Computing Fund will invest over the next 2-3 years. Areas of software and application investment will include broader touch applications, imaging, gesture, voice and emotion sensing and biometrics, among others.

Examples of the ongoing PERC projects include:
  • An interactive gesture camera from Creative, the Senz3D to be available to consumers in the third quarter of this year.
  • Leading the development and enabling the integration of 3-D depth camera technology by working with multiple OEM partners to build the technology into various Intel-based devices with targeted availability for second half of 2014.
  • Facial log-in software from Sensible Vision will ship preloaded from multiple OEMs.
In a related news, Engadget published an article about Softkinetic ToF camera module DS530 that is said could be embedded into the laptop lid. The camera is 12mm 5mm thick:


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