IT & Network Infrastructure : Intel Labs Projects Aim for Better User Experience
SAN FRANCISCOIntel Labs gave early arrivers to the Intel Developer Forum here a glimpse of the future. At an event Sept. 12, Intel Labs engineers showed off some of the projects they're working on, many of which are designed to give users an experience that meshes with how they interact with their computing devices. Several researchers spoke about determining user desires and preferences, and then making their designs more closely fit in with those. For example, Intel researcher Daria Loi, who demonstrated a project that offers users multiple applications on a television screen. A person watching television could also access their Twitter account, search the Web, get onto eBay, all while the television show is still running. Loi said researchers are giving users multiple ways to control the UI, including through a television remote or a smartphone. She said Intel also could make eight or nine apps available on the screen at one time, but trimmed that down to five or six after getting feedback from test groups. Not only do the projects show how Intel is addressing demands from technology users, but also illustrates a larger push by the company to grow beyond its PC and server chip roots into such areas as mobile and embedded markets.