IDF2010: Computing future is context-driven experience, says Intel CTO

Intel is developing context-aware devices intended to make traditional computers more like personal assistants for users by introducing complex sensor-based applications.

Intel is developing context-aware devices intended to make traditional computers more like personal assistants for users by introducing complex sensor-based applications.

Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum in San Franciso, Intel CTO Justin Rattner said in his keynote speech that Intel researchers are focused on developing "context-aware" user experiences, providing devices that anticipate users' needs and give advice more similar to a personal assistant than a traditional computer.

"By combining hard sensor information such as where you are and the conditions around you, combined with soft sensors such as your calendar, your social network and past preferences, future devices will constantly learn about who you are, how you live, work and play," said Rattner.

"All this may sound like science fiction, but this is the promise of "context-aware" computing and we can already demonstrate much of it in the lab."

Intel is readying to launch new level of security and hardware-enabled techniques to match the needs of context-driven computing, said Rattner.

In a joint project with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and through its Human Brain Project, Intel is also researching how people's thoughts could directly interact with computers and mobile devices.

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