Arvind Sodhani: Intel
Capital Targets Perceptual Computing
June 5, 2013
Computex, Intel executives detailed progress toward the company's vision
to integrate human-like sensing technology into devices, ultimately
delivering more natural, intuitive and immersive computing experiences.
To help realize this vision, Intel Capital, Intel's Global Investment
and M&A Organization, announced a $100-million investment fund to
accelerate the development of software and applications that bring these
experiences to life across the spectrum of Intel architecture platforms.
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.
"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."
Intel announced its perceptual computing initiative at its annual Intel
Developer Forum in 2012. Since then, the company's Perceptual Computing
Software Developer Kit (SDK) has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.
It had already launched the Perceptual Computing Challenge, an early
kick-off contest for developers to create innovative applications using
the SDK with up to $1 million in awards.
Intel and its industry partners have also made significant progress in
bringing the first perceptual computing technologies to the market for
today's Ultrabook systems and PCs, including:
interactive gesture camera from Creative, the Senz3D which is already in
the hands of developers and will 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.
The largest U.S. PC retailer,
Best Buy, is assorting the Nuance Dragon Assistant on 10+ Intel Core
based notebooks, Ultrabooks, and all-in-one PCs from Acer, Asus, Lenovo,
and Toshiba. With Dell announced earlier this year, there are now five
OEMs shipping designs to consumers during the back-to-school selling
Facial log-in software from
Sensible Vision will ship preloaded from multiple OEMs.
"Intel and our key
OEM partners are excited about integrating 3-D depth camera technology
into our next-generation platforms bringing compelling, natural and
immersive experiences to life," said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president
and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group.
The Intel Capital Experiences and Perceptual Computing Fund will
complement the existing Intel Capital Ultrabook Fund. Intel Capital has
invested a significant portion of the $300-million Ultrabook Fund in
innovative system component technologies in areas such as audio, touch,
battery, display, sensor and wireless connectivity to make Intel-based
computing devices thinner, lighter, more secure and responsive.