The chipmaker announced the beta for the SDK in September at the Intel Developer Forum and released the first version in October. Intel advertises Beta 2′s core capabilities as: close-range hand and finger tracking (from Total Immersion), speech recognition (from Nuance), face analysis and 2D/3D object tracking (by SoftKinetic).
The beta includes speech recognition APIs for “command and control, short sentence dictation and text-to-speech”, with Nuance Dragon Assistant support available as a separate download.
Executive VP David Perlmutter first demoed the Nuance speech recognition feature at IDF, noting a collaboration with Dell to bring the Dragon Assistant Beta software to a Dell XPS13 Ultrabook. Intel also has plans to run a perceptual computing challenge alongside the SDK that will include $1 million in prize money.
In addition to the SDK, the company also offers an Interactive Gesture Camera from Creative for its perceptual computing developers. The $149 USB camera includes a depth sensor and dual-array microphones.
Intel bills the initiative as for Intel Core Processor-powered Ultrabooks, laptops and PCs. It’s an interesting move, given that the company has fallen behind on mobile computing and touch screens.
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