Future Intel NUC mini PCs may get touch interface




At IDF, Intel has several NUC’s or Next Unit of Computing, who have shown alternative control methods. One of the mini-computer was equipped with a touchpad on top of the casing, which provides tactile feedback.

One of the NUC that Intel showed, was a copy with a new Broadwell chip on board. Although it was an m-Core processor, but Intel had turned to some buttons on the engineering sample so the TDP came to 15W. That is the processor of the NUC different from the M-Core processors that Intel introduced at IFA. The Broadwell update is not the only new to the NUC: Intel has a small computer touch interface data. A touchpad, as big as the top of the NUC, giving so-called haptic feedback when adjusting the volume. In other words, the touchpad clicks back and feel like Apple’s click wheel of yesteryear.

Voice Control for NUC Touchpad for NUC NUC prototype with speaker

The touch interface, developed together with Redux, was just one of the innovations to the NUC’s. Intel also demonstrated a copy, even with Haswell processor, whose top was a speaker. A random thin material, plastic, in this case, is put in vibration by special motion drivers. Intel also had prototypes of balsa wood, cardboard and even Gorilla glass. In the future, the company would probably produce such NUC’s facilitation: the technology is being developed in conjunction with Sound Edge.

Prototype Atom-NUC Prototype Atom-NUC Prototype Broadwell-NUC Prototype Broadwell-NUC

Similarly Haswell-NUC Intel also demonstrated how small PC can be controlled using speech. For example, voice commands can be used to control for example. One media player Finally, the company had a mini-NUC, slightly larger than a regular at IDF. Those smaller NUC contains a passively cooled Atom processor, and not through a separate power supply, but through a micro-USB plug with energy. Two USB ports, one HDMI output, D-sub connector form the gates of this mini-PC. As the NUC’s prototypes, Intel could not say anything about pricing and availability.


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