Archived - Intel® RealSense™ Technology and Software at CES 2015

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The Consumer Electronics Show, better known as CES, is one of the largest annual tech shows in the world, and the 2015 show is projected to be one of the biggest. Scheduled for January 6-9 in Las Vegas, a huge array of sponsors and exhibits is slated for the event, not to mention an expected attendance of over 150,000 people.

One of the most exciting draws at CES this year is in the field of Natural User Interface (NUI), i.e., Intel RealSense technology.  Intel RealSense cameras and new immersive applications can be found in a growing number of 2 in 1s, tablets, notebooks and all-in-one PCs, including many powered by the new 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors available this quarter.

Interfacing with Intel RealSense technology, the Software Development Kit (SDK) enables a whole new world of modalities for developers to bring cutting-edge computer/human interactions to the marketplace, and provides a revolutionary new way to interact with Intel® processor-based devices. Intel Software is continuously enhancing this SDK and providing application developers with expert guidance in creating more natural user interfaces and devices that recognize us.

A glimpse of what’s possible with Intel RealSense Technology

In his CES keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich highlighted a number of ways Intel RealSense technology is bringing cutting-edge computer/human interactions to the marketplace.

Food Network with Intel RealSense 3D Camera: Intel and Food Network have collaborated to create a cooking application that uses Intel RealSense technology to eliminate the need to touch the device and instead use gesture control and voice commands on an Intel RealSense 3D camera enabled device for easy scrolling through the application and navigation of recipes in real time.  This will be available in the Spring of 2015.

All-in-one PC with 3D Display Concept: Intel showcased a futuristic “3D I/O” technology that integrates Intel RealSense technology with a specialized glass screen to enable an immersive, hologram-like experience without the need for additional eyewear.  It is available to experience in Intel’s CES booth.

Intel RealSense 3D cameras can also provide intuitive, sight-based capabilities for solving complex problems in different application and devices.

Intel RealSense technology and wearables: Looking into the future, Krzanich also demonstrated a wearable technology research project that can help vision-impaired people navigate their environments more easily and safely. The wearable solution places sensors on clothing, equipped with Intel RealSense 3D cameras that sense the vicinity and trigger vibrations as a feedback mechanism, helping people to navigate their environment.

Intel RealSense technology inside Robotics and Multi-copter drone: Intel demonstrated an iRobot® AVA® 500 video collaboration robot equipped with Intel RealSense cameras to support the platform's autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance technologies. In addition, Intel highlighted the growing possibilities for multi-copter drones, including the inspection of fields and power lines, delivering goods, and even monitoring endangered species. As these drones become smarter, they can see, react, and even move safely through the environment. During the CES keynote, Intel created a make-shift obstacle course inside the CES keynote ballroom and demonstrated a number of AscTec* Firefly multi-copter drones equipped with Intel RealSense cameras that provide 360-degree sensing and enabled with unique collision avoidance capabilities. Intel’s RealSense camera module, which weighs as little as 8 grams and is less than 4mm thick, brings depth perception to drones both indoors and outdoors with minimal impact to payload and flight times.

Getting familiar with Intel RealSense technology

For those of you who haven’t had the good fortune of trying out Intel RealSense technology for yourself, you should visit to learn more and see what all the buzz is about. The Intel RealSense technology of software and depth cameras enables more natural and intuitive interaction with personal computing devices. Cutting-edge facial detection and tracking, emotion detection, 3D scanning, depth-sensing photography, background removal, and the tracking of 22 joints in each hand for accurate touch-free gesture recognition are some of the new capabilities made possible with Intel RealSense technology.

Intel RealSense Snapshot

Intel RealSense Snapshot is a first-of-its-kind solution that takes photography to another dimension with multi-camera, depth-enabled Intel® Atom™ processor-based tablets. Capturing a high-definition depth map optimized for photography along with your full-resolution image, you can change focus and take measurements with a touch of a finger, add dynamic effects and motion, and discover things in your photos you never thought were there!

Intel RealSense 3D camera for PCs

Redefining how you control your devices, the Intel RealSense 3D camera enables new ways to interact in gaming, entertainment, collaboration, and content creation. Featuring full 1080p color and a world-class depth sensor, the world’s first and smallest integrated 3D camera delivers real-time depth sensing for all-in-one PCs, laptops, and 2 in 1s that is so precise it enables truly natural and immersive interaction.

Intel RealSense 3D camera for tablets

The Intel RealSense 3D camera for tablets and detachables is an integrated 3D camera that delivers real-time depth sensing for rear-facing devices. It senses the surrounding world to scan, interact, play games, augment reality, and enhance photo and real-time video in three dimensions. With a longer range than our front-facing camera and designed for indoor and outdoor use, this camera measures just 3.8 mm thin, 100 mm long, and 8 mm high. It enables a host of new usages and interactions and supports both Windows* and Android* operating systems on Intel Atom processor- and Intel® Core™ processor-based devices.

Bringing Intel RealSense technology to life - now

Intel has been working closely with major OEMs, including Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, and NEC to deliver systems spanning tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and All-in-One desktops that feature Intel RealSense 3D cameras. Consumers can find devices from Asus, Lenovo, Dell, HP and Fujitsu on the market today, with others available beginning in Q1.

In addition to a systems being broadly available from OEMs, Intel has worked with more than 65 developers and development companies who are building applications specifically for Intel RealSense technology which allows for natural, immersive and easy interaction in a wide variety of activities such as playing a game, communicating with friends and family, or easily finding out your size at the shoe store. Major brands like Nordstrom, LEGO, DreamWorks, Autodesk, Disney Consumer Products, Scholastic and Skype are seeing the potential Intel RealSense technology has for deepening their customers’ experiences and will be releasing apps throughout the coming months.  Consumers can browse latest apps at the Intel RealSense App Showcase here

Helping put developers on the edge of technology

Obviously the way we interact with computers and what we can do with them is changing drastically. From multiple cords to none, keyboards to voice control, mouse to touch screen to gestures, and even controlling robots, it’s clear that input controls are evolving to a more natural, user-friendly interface. This year, with Intel RealSense technology, developers are uniquely poised to be on the forefront of this technology.

Developers are taking advantage of this cutting-edge technology to create apps that go above and beyond expectations. In addition to those tried-and-trusted input controls that we’re already familiar with such as voice commands and gesture swiping, future devices might actually be able to recognize perceived intentions of users and complete tasks accordingly in a seamless, intuitive fashion. Responsive computing that is tailored to an individual’s unique needs is really what Intel RealSense technology is all about.

The Intel RealSense SDK makes these kinds of innovations possible. Free to download, this platform allows developers to jump right into development, enabling them to create apps that integrate facial analysis, speech recognition, hand and finger tracking, and AR object tracking. Developers who are interested in building new immersive experiences and gesture based applications can go to the Intel RealSense Developer Zone. This software zone is designed to help developers get access to information and technical articles for Intel RealSense technology. They can download the Intel RealSense SDK, find user capabilities tutorials with developers creating new applications, as well as documentation and code samples for the currently supported Intel RealSense technologies.

And for developers attending CES who are interested in diving deep and getting some hands on-training with Intel RealSense technology, join us on-site on January 7th, 2015 from 2:15-3:15 for our technology track, "Create Immersive Apps with Intel RealSense technology", to learn more about what Intel has to offer you.



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