Ultrabook: More than just a skinny laptop
Proving the company has bigger plans than just creating a skinnier laptop, Intel's PC client general manager Kirk Skaugen says touch capabilities and sensors will be instrumental to the Ultrabook™ computer's success in the coming years.
Technology news provider PC Magazine reports that Skaugen demonstrated a number of innovative Ultrabooks at the Intel® Investor Day in May. During his demonstration, Skaugen noted that there may be as many as 30 touch-enabled Ultrabooks available by the end of 2012.
Sensors used for functions like GPS tracking and voice and gesture recognition will also be integrated into Ultrabook models this year. This is an obvious disconnect from the traditional laptop PC, suggesting that Intel is looking to introduce an entirely new device rather than a rehash of something that's been around for years.
Introduced in May 2011 as a device that would combine the best elements of tablet computers and laptops, it is clear now that the Ultrabook's evolution is nowhere near complete. In addition to new capabilities, PC manufacturers are introducing Ultrabook models that are completely different from anything we've seen before. Fresh designs with sliding or detachable touchscreens may prove key to the Ultrabook's success and its ability to entice users to try something new.