Hot on the heels of a year full of innovation for the Ultrabook category, at CES 2013 Intel is talking about their plans for their next gen of Ultrabooks, powered by 4th gen core processors – codenamed Haswell. Haswell is just a few months away, and it is the first product line that was designed from the ground up with touch and voice. To that effect, the 4th gen Ultrabooks will be required to have touch. Other features that you can expect in a 4th gen Ultrabook include all day battery life, even thinner and lighter designs, mandatory wireless display technology, built-in Intel Anti-theft technology, and Intel identity protection technology for having a more secure presence on the internet.
Intel even has a 4th gen Ultrabook Reference Design called Northcape on hand to show off. North Cape has a battery underneath the keyboard, as well as behind the display, for a total average battery life of up to 13 hours. The design also features a one finger detach mechanism for the keyboard. This 11.6″ form-factor weighs just over 800 grams – in a body just 10mm thick. Inside there is a Core i5 processor, sensors and accelerometers, plus the system is capable of a 13 hour battery life. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of this system stems from the fact that you can hit a button on it, and it’s 11.6″ display will increase to a full 13.3″ experience. Intel expects the price point for these systems to be around $799 – $899.
Intel also talked about the perceptual computing experience that they first introduced back at IDF 2012. The company is committed to developing their gesture control, face recognition features, and voice assistant features for the Ultrabook. On stage, they showed off some demos of perceptual computing in action. But the demo that really startled us the most, is where a user is able to find Waldo on a screen – simply by moving their eyes. With perceptual computing, the computer can track where eyes are looking on the screen. It seems that sooner than later, playing Where’s Waldo will never be the same again.