"Touch is the thing that's really kind of in front of us, but we're investing a lot in bringing new things to the PC platform," said Ron DeLine, Intel's director of marketing for the Ultrabook program, adding, "We call it perceptual computing."
This concept has been part of Intel's messaging since at least Intel Developer Forum (IDF), when executive VP Dadi Perlmutter characterized the initiative's goal as "machines with human-like senses."
Elaborating, DeLine said, "We see a world where touch and gestures and facial recognition work together in a better way of interacting with your computing devices." Some of this technology is already reaching the market, such as laptops that respond to voice commands. DeLine described these models as "a start," adding, "We want this innovation to continue ... The whole experimentation and proliferation of devices is an excellent thing."