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David Perlmutter gave a keynote that featured Windows 8 devices, Ultrabooks, voice recognition software and more

The Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012 kicked off in San Francisco this morning, where Intel will spend the next three days showing off its latest innovations.

IDF, which runs from September 11-13, began with a keynote from David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel Architecture Group. Perlmutter introduced this year's IDF theme, "The Future of Innovation is Wide Open."

The start of Perlmutter's presentation focused heavily on Windows 8, of course. The new Microsoft operating system will hit the market October 26, and many Intel chips will power Windows 8 devices.

Intel has mainly zeroed in on Ultrabooks recently, but Perlmutter recognized a shift with the coming of Windows 8. More PC makers like Lenovo, ASUS and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have dipped into the Windows 8 convertibles, which combine the best aspects of mobility and the power of laptops and PCs.

What's under the hood of these Windows 8 devices? Perlmutter showed off the next-generation Intel Atom processor family -- codenamed "Clover Trail." Clover Trail is based on Intel's 32nm process technology for light tablets and the convertibles. These processors can be used for the enterprise and consumer markets, where Perlmutter demoed a tablet for doctors that was capable of showing an EKG right on the screen. An ASUS Vivo tablet was also used to show off consumer aspects of Atom-powered Windows 8 devices.

Aside from mobile devices, Perlmutter also discussed upcoming Ultrabook and laptop features. For instance, he demonstrated voice recognition software made by Nuance's Dragon unit using a Dell Ultrabook. An associate was brought onstage to show exactly how Dragon worked.

"Hello Dragon," the assistant said. "Search Amazon for sunglasses."

The Dragon voice recognition software successfully completed the task, bringing up an Amazon search for sunglasses. He then told Dragon to post a link to Twitter with a tweet saying, "I need me some sunglasses." He purposefully used incorrect grammar (and at other times said words that were pretty hard to understand) just to show that Dragon was still capable of understanding his vocal commands. Dragon was with him every step of the way.

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Gesture commands were also used on the Ultrabook to play a game similar to Angry Birds, where he pulled a slingshot and fired at a castle.

Perlmutter introduced the 4th Generation Intel Core Processor -- which will power Ultrabooks -- codenamed "Haswell." He demonstrated graphics on two different Ultrabooks, where one had current Ivy Bridge and the other had Haswell. Haswell was clearly the better choice, with a smoother looking picture as the image moved through various landscapes. According to Intel, Haswell will provide 2x the graphics performance of Ivy Bridge.

A mobile version of the Haswell family was recently announced, where it will feature a 10W thermal design power (TDP) instead of Ivy Bridge's 17W TDP, which will significantly boost battery life.

From there, Perlmutter brought Gary Flood to the stage, who is a MasterCard executive. Flood showed off new near-field communications (NFC) capabilities on Ultrabooks, where a purchase can be made faster than ever. Flood made a purchase using a physical credit card just by swiping it along the touchpad area of the Ultrabook. Instantly, all of his credit card information was logged into the shopping site, and he placed the order.

The keynote ended with a presentation about the future of soda machines (in the presentation, a Coca-Cola machine was used). Perlmutter showed the intuitive touchscreen, which allowed him to choose between Coca-Cola, Coke Zero and Diet Coke. He selected a Diet Coke, and it dropped to the bottom slot like a regular machine. From there, he used the machine's camera to take a picture of himself with the Diet Coke, and chose to email the picture to his wife (though he was reluctant to enter his wife's email address in front of everyone with a laugh).

This is only the beginning of IDF 2012, where Intel has placed Ultrabooks, tablets, smartphones, PCs and more for show here in San Francisco.

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Uh oh
By FITCamaro on 9/11/2012 5:13:41 PM , Rating: 5
Someone else used gestures in something. Apple's lawyers are on the case!

RE: Uh oh
By Jeffk464 on 9/11/2012 5:16:29 PM , Rating: 2
My understanding is apple is afraid to go after Microsoft.

RE: Uh oh
By Mitch101 on 9/11/2012 10:03:25 PM , Rating: 1
Apple vs Microsoft will continue after Microsoft/Apple vs Google.

Btw have you all tried Bing in On

Got to say looks like Bing has caught up to Google in the search results I tried the only thing is Im so used to typing google still for search.

RE: Uh oh
By Mitch101 on 9/11/2012 10:04:26 PM , Rating: 2
Bing IT On

My inability to type has been defeated once again by the lack of an edit button. :(

RE: Uh oh
By tayb on 9/11/2012 10:42:26 PM , Rating: 1
Hm. That's neat. Bing won 2 vs 3 though it was hard to be unbiased because I would immediately tell which side was which, especially when I typed in a calculation such as "what is the square root of pi."

Overall, that was impressive. For Bing.

RE: Uh oh
By Ghost42 on 9/12/2012 1:08:05 AM , Rating: 2
It's not working for me at all. Just errors out with a message that says "Uh Oh! Hang on while we go jiggle the wires." then gives the option to try again or go back to the home page.

RE: Uh oh
By TakinYourPoints on 9/11/12, Rating: 0
RE: Uh oh
By nocturne_81 on 9/12/2012 4:30:02 AM , Rating: 3
Though I'd say Samsung did indeed intentionally attempt to 'copy' the iPhone to create a better product of their own -- none of it was covered by any patents listed in any court proceeding so far.

What you are suggesting is that a company should pay licensing fees for just attempting to become a competitor.. and that would be a disaster.

RE: Uh oh
By Brandon Hill on 9/11/2012 5:26:04 PM , Rating: 3
Microsoft has immunity from Apple's attack dogs.

RE: Uh oh
By BSMonitor on 9/11/2012 10:20:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, can we please move on from Microsoft vs. Apple funny posts... Microsoft and Apple HAVE license agreements.. Microsoft CAN copy Apple..

RE: Uh oh
By DanNeely on 9/11/2012 5:29:33 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft has licensed most of Apple's mobile patents.

RE: Uh oh
By muhahaaha on 9/12/2012 12:52:41 AM , Rating: 2
You're a pretty funny guy.

Microsoft and Apple have cross-licensing agreements, and guess who was in the phone business WAY before Apple? Yep, Microsoft.

I was using their phones at work years before iPhone ever came out. Yeah, businesses used them mostly. They used resistive screens (stylus needed). The stylus was much more accurate than a finger, but a pain because I would lose one occasionally.

The only thing Apple did was pretty up the phone, drop in capacitive screens (work with touch, no stylus needed), and main-stream them. Heck, I doubt they were even the first with capacitive touch though.

Then they patented the square with rounded corners and some other dumb stuff that's obvious and shouldn't be patentable (but who knows how many kick-backs they give the USPO... $$$ gets you far in this messed up economy).

I was playing a version of Doom on my Windows phone before iPhone ever existed.

Get over your fanboyism and read some facts.

Unless Apple pulls a rabbit out of their hat, iPhone5 is already yesterday's tech before it even comes out. I'm sure that won't stop the fanboys from camping out all night at the Apple store for inferior tech, but we already know that "a fool and his money are soon parted".

New York Times and Wall Street Journal are the worst offenders for hyping up Apple junk because they are in bed with Apple.


RE: Uh oh
By muhahaaha on 9/12/2012 1:05:35 AM , Rating: 2
Google, HTC, and Samsung are going to put some serious pain on Apple for LTE patent infringement, et al. Apple doesn't feel they have to pay licensing fees for others' patents if they don't want to, but everyone else has to bow down to them?

They've whacked the hornet's nest, and I hope they have a lot of bug spray.

Other manufactures of phones (besides Microsoft) are not going to be too receptive to them either.

RE: Uh oh
By nocturne_81 on 9/12/2012 4:29:46 AM , Rating: 2
Not "Google, HTC, and Samsung".. more like Motorola Mobility, care of Google. Again, these are 'standards' patents -- though not FRAND patents, I still don't see Google getting too far. Though, Apple's patents being as trivial as they are, and still winning countless cases.. who knows what may happen.

I'd be more interested to see what happens when Apple tries to switch their SoC supply from Samsung to another manu.. Technically, Apple contracted Samsung to design the SoC to their specifications, though Samsung still owns much of the tech they based the designs on.

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls

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