Intel’s new interface idea is a mash-up of all the others

January 23, 2013

Perceptual computing (credit: Intel)

At CES, Intel demoed its latest big idea — “perceptual computing,” MIT Technology Review reports.

With perceptual computing, Intel envisions a new kind of interface for devices that will let users switch fluently between keyboards, trackpads, touch screens, voice commands, and gestures — or use several modes of interaction at once.

Perceptual computing is Intel’s attempt to keep laptops relevant in a consumer-tech landscape increasingly overtaken by phones, tablets, motion-controlled gaming consoles, and other post-Wintel devices offering novel, intuitive user experiences.