CES 2013: Intel shows off gesture controls for gaming, and improved WiDi
[I think Intel may be on to something with the voice recognition and the gesture controls. I use voice a lot more now with my iPhone than I ever did in the past and I'm ready to start using it with the computer as well. It also seems like I should be able to just wave my finger in the air instead of using a mouse. I think Intel is ready to deliver on both of these things and I think they will get some traction....]
[I also think that Intel's vision on how all the different computing, communicating and entertainment parts fit together is getting much better. They are now leveraging the vast PC experience into the ecosystem. The result could be very powerful when all the pieces come together. And, of course, it strengthens the case for a consistent platform across all computing devices. Intel is best positioned to deliver that ARM doesn't have any PC experience to leverage...]
"Gesture controls have been around for some time, but the few computers we've tested with them failed to impress us: Gestures weren't always picked up, and the motion was very jerky. At CES, Intel demoed software that it says will let developers integrate better controls into their apps, so they can move beyond the simplistic Windows 8 controls of scrolling, raising volume or opening or closing applications.
The new gesture software also works with games. It will let you use your hands to move your avatar in a game or create a virtual hand in the game that can grab things. As the photo shows, the demo looked promising as the virtual hand appeared in the game and moved to interact with the characters. Since the software recognized individual fingers, the user could even grab and release onscreen coins.
The software is still under development. Products based on this technology should appear in the middle of the year.
Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi) has also been around for awhile. With a TV and laptop that both have WiDi, you can wirelessly transfer whatever appears on your laptop's display to the TV. Intel said that the new version it was demonstrating had improved performance with less lag time between the two displays than earlier WiDi versions.
Intel also demonstrated a new HDMI adapter that lets you run a WiDi app on your computer, Android phone or tablet and "flick" the image to any big screen TV. That adapter should be available later this year."