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Why Perceptual Computing Is About to Experience an Upsurge

February 6, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Ramamurthy Sivakumar / Intel Capital

When the history of one of great technology breakthroughs is written, it will likely include a sliced banana and a dragon prophesied to destroy the world.

That's because prior to the iPad, iPhone, and XBOX Kinect sensor, the way we interacted with computers on a large scale was stuck in place for roughly 20 years.

Mouse. Keyboard. Joystick. Game over.

No more. Using just their hands, today's gamers can do everything from slice and dice produce in Fruit Ninja to quest for a dragon in Skyrim.

From these early successes in 3D- and gesture-based input -- known as perceptual computing -- we now see high-growth markets emerging across multiple industries. And we've backed that conviction with hundreds of millions of dollars in targeted venture investments, including a $100 million fund focused solely on perceptual-computing.

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