We’ve been waiting for a Jetsons-like future for a while now, but it seems like Minority Report might be right around the corner. Intel is giving us a taste of the future with an development platform they have just released the Perceptual Computing SDK 2013 Beta.
So what exactly is the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK 2013 Beta? Well it is a platform that give developers the ability to add in features to software like facial analysis, speech recognition, close-range and 2D/3D tracking. They are hoping that we will have an interactive computing experience without having to touch the screen.
The SDK will provide developers with tools for:
* Face analysis and tracking
* Finger tracking (by camera, not by touch)
* Close range hand gesture recognition for both static hand poses and moving gestures
* Voice processing – speech command recognition and voice dictation
* 2D and 3D object tracking
These tools are designed to work with Intel’s close-range infrared gesture tracking camera, this is technology which is similar to Microsoft’s Kinect but it is designed to work in much closer proximity. The Kinect is designed to detect objects and motion from across a room, Intel’s stereoscopic camera detects objects and motions directly in front of the computer screen it’s mounted atop.
The SDK is available in beta from October 2012, and the camera will be available to software developers from the same time for US$149.