Intel Extends RealSense Technology to Other Devices, PlatformsIan King
Intel Corp., trying to shake up the declining market for personal computers, said it’s making RealSense technology available on Apple Inc.’s OS X operating system among other platforms.
The company has been pushing RealSense, a system of cameras, software and sensors that provides laptops with new functions such as 3D scanning, voice recognition and taking precise real-world measurements from photos after they’ve been taken.
“Computing used to be confined to a two-dimensional world, now it’s expanding to include more human-like senses,” Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich said Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. “As computing becomes ultra-personal, you want computing to have sight, sound and touch.”
Intel, whose processors provide the main component in more than 80 percent of the world’s PCs, is looking for ways to reignite that market, which is on course for its fourth-straight annual decline, and generate demand for its chips in other devices. The Santa Clara, California-based company is trying to persuade computer makers to alter their products so they act less like office equipment and more like the smartphones favored by consumers.
The world’s biggest chipmaker demonstrated a new voice-recognition software working in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 10 operating system that doesn’t require a button push to start the voice-activated Cortana personal assistant. The new capability, to be available in Windows machines based on Intel processors, will work even with computers in sleep mode, Krzanich said.
In addition to working with Windows and Google Inc.’s Android, RealSense will be compatible with Apple’s OS X computer operating system, Linux and other platforms, Krzanich said.
Intel shares were little changed at $28.92 at 12:34 p.m. New York time and dropped 20 percent this year through Monday’s close of trading.
Underlining the difficulties the PC market has faced, computer shipments fell 9.5 percent in the second quarter, hurt by restrained corporate technology spending and the strength of the U.S. dollar, according to market researcher Gartner Inc. Manufacturers shipped 68.4 million units, compared with 75.6 million a year earlier, the steepest quarterly decline since the third quarter of 2013.
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