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Intel Will Teach Gadgets to Learn About You

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Personal vacation assistant

The Personal Vacation Assistant is an example of a device that will learn about its user and offer suggestions based on context.


Rather than teach your gadgets what to do, Intel researchers say that in the not-too-distant future they will learn about you on their own. That means where you are, how you're feeling, and what you want.

It's actually not as creepy as it sounds. Intel Chief Technology Officer and Director of Intel Labs Justin Rattner took the stage Wednesday at the annual Intel Developer Forum here to talk about the future of "context-aware computing," what Intel is doing about it, and how gadgets can make life easier for their owners, but in a way that the owners can control.

Context-aware computing is Intel's term for devices that anticipate what people need or want and guide them accordingly. The context is gathered through a combination of "hard sensors"—cameras that detect movement and GPS-based location information—and "soft sensors"&mdashsuch as calendar information or pieces of data you input into a device.

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