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Intel Broadwell ultrabooks by Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo will have Kinect-like cameras

Will be built-in when they launch sometime in late 2014
Fri Sep 13 2013, 11:31
Intel's Kirk Skaugen talks up Broadwell

SAN FRANCISCO: CHIPMAKER Intel's OEM partners will ship their next generation of ultrabooks with built-in augmented reality 3D cameras similar to the Xbox Kinect.

Announcing the news on stage during the firm's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Intel SVP and general manager of the PC client group Kirk Skaugen said that the 3D cameras - which we have already seen at an Intel research event earlier this year - will be built into the screen bezels of the next generation of ultrabooks.

Skaugen said that vendors Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will feature augmented reality 3D cameras in their respective ultrabook devices come the second half of 2014, which happens to also be when the firm has said it will launch its next generation 14nm chip microarchitecture codenamed Broadwell.

We assume this means that Intel Broadwell chip powered ultrabooks will be the first to see the 3D camera technology.

During his presentation Skaugen showed how the cameras work, demonstrating a software application that allowed his laptop to capture images of butterflies flapping around the screen.

Skaugen also talked up 2-in-1 laptop tablet devices, devoting a large portion of his keynote to the convertible devices, which have been around for some time.

"We are creating a new category that combines the best of a laptop and the best of a tablet in a single device," he said, suggesting that the chipmaker is not going to stop focusing on the hybrid machines anytime soon.

On Tuesday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed some details about the firm's 14nm Broadwell processors, giving us a peek at the future of the PC.

Showing off a laptop running the upcoming chip architecture, Krzanich promised 30 percent improvements in PC power efficiency. µ


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