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Intel to invest in devices with ‘human-senses’

Posted: 06 Jun 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel Capital  human-like senses  Intel Capital Experiences and Perceptual Computing Fund  startups  Ultrabook Fund 

Intel Capital has created a $100 million to accelerate the development of software and applications with human-like senses. The Intel Capital Experiences and Perceptual Computing Fund will invest over the next two to three 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, Intel Capital and Intel executive vice president.

"This new fund will invest in startups 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 last year in December. Since then, the company's Perceptual Computing Software Developer Kit (SDK) has been downloaded more than 10,000 times. It also 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 said it will integrate 3D gesture-sensing camera technology into Intel-powered devices with targeted availability for second half of 2014.

The Intel Capital Experiences and Perceptual Computing Fund will complement the existing Intel Capital Ultrabook Fund, the company said.

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