Intel has steal the Consumer Electronics Show with the thin and sleek Multitouch ultrabooks .Intel said that as many as 60 thin and sleek ultrabooks will be available this year based on its latest mobile processors.
Last year, tablets dominated CES hardware demos but this year many ultrabooks are on display. Intel estimates there are 15 models are already available and its processor roadmap will bring the third generation of ultrabooks by next year. There are 75 ultrabooks now in design, according to Intel.
At the press conference at CES the chip giant today at CES talked up the performance and convenience of ultrabooks. Inspired by the MacBook Air, ultrabooks are thin and light laptops with a full keyboard that promise a quick boot-up and longer battery life. The company also announced a deal with Nuance to make voice recognition operate natively on an ultrabook without the need for a headset. The companies said it will support eight languages but didn’t indicate when the feature would be available.
To promote ultrabooks, Intel is launching a “new era” partner marketing meant to play up the convenience of ultrabooks and media-creation capabilities. That program will include a kiosk with a gesture interface that will allow people to take a virtual look at an ultrabook by spinning it around using a mouse-free controller, resembling the hands-free controller with Microsoft’s Kinect video game.
Intel also announced an identity protection platform which lets a person to swipe a credit card by tapping the ultrabook and it will authenticate with a service online.
New interface designs
Intel said that ultrabooks based on its Ivy Bridge processor will be available, followed by Intel’s Hawell processor which is expected to reduce idle power consumption significantly.
During a demonstration, the company showed off concept ultrabooks running Windows that let people touch the screen to scroll through windows as a person would navigate a tablet.
In another concept called the Nikiski, Intel executives demonstrated an ultrabook with a narrow touch pad in addition to a keyboard and regular display. The device has a cut out in the top of the clamshell so that the touch pad is available to users when the device is closed.
When closed, the touch pad shows the tile-based Metro interface of Windows 8 to let people get quick control of the device.
Mr. Eden says that despite dramatic improvements in transistor counts and computing power”When you look at the man-machine interface we didn’t do a lot. I always say, DOS was a very user friendly operating system because you need a lot of friends to operate this operating system.”
In 2012 Intel’s partners will deploy ultrabooks with touch. It says that in test cases users used touch extensively to close windows, to select regions of the screen, and to scale content. Of course touch in Windows currently is a hodge-podge of clunky interfaces built atop Windows 7. So don’t expect touch ultrabooks to really land in full force until the touch-centric Windows 8 drops sometime next fall.
To show off the potential of touch, Intel played with a prototype device dubbed Nikiski running Windows 8. The device had a transparent touchpad, which stretched the full length of the non-keyboard region of the laptop. When your palms were on part of the touch region, it recognized and ignored them, allowing you to type normally.