Intel's director of Perceptual Computing, Achin Bhowmik up giving this demo, which was a simple login. Now onto gestures.
All this is for the Ascend Mate, by the way. That's the larger, 6.1-inch device.
They're demonstrating the stereo recording capabilities of the device's microphone.
The Emotion UI is Huawei's custom interface overlay on Android 4.1.
"Simple and easy to use is very good." But it's better to "put people's emotion into the product." Thus, Emotion UI.
There are 100 online themes and auto-changing wallpaper.
Bhowmik is demoing the little gesture peripheral it worked on with Creative to add these kind of features to computers, technology that will be built into things like tablets and notebooks in the future. For now this is something people are going to have to buy, and will be released later this year.
"We want a phone that's not just a smartphone, but an intelligent phone." He adds, to clarify: "Human intelligence."
Huawei is claiming 200 fixes and tweaks to Android 4.1.
Kind of a cool demo. Using gestures to control a virtual hand on screen, coins dripping through each finger.
The camera can pick up your fingers, all ten of them. Bhowmik doing a neat demo catching some coins pouring out of a metal snake's mouth. The whole tech took about 90 days to create.
In sum: Ascend D2 (smaller one): 5-inch screen, 13MP camera, 3000mAh battery, water resistance, metal frame. Therefore, "most powerful."
It's interesting to me that the Ascend D2, the smaller of the phones, has the 13-megapixel camera. The larger one has the 8-megapixel camera. I'm wondering why they chose this, but I'm guessing it was for price control.
And now for a more exciting demo -- Valve's Portal 2 . Bhowmik manipulating a cube with the Portal gun using his hand. The backend technology is from Sixense.
As awkward as voice and gestures can be, what if we all agree to endure it if it means we get a holodeck 20 years from now?
So how do you type on a phone with a 6,1-inch screen? There are one-handed UI tools, probably like Samsung implemented.
(In Samsung's case, you shrink the keyboard and shift it to one side or the other.)
In sum: Ascend Mate (larger one): 6.1-inch screen, 4050mAh battery, "magic touch," "guiding wizard," one-hand UI, "smart reading," "floating windows." Therefore, "largest screen."
4050mAh battery on the Ascend Mate, to be precise. Wow!
Onto a demo of the camera being used for having a video chat with somebody without taking up too much space. The camera effectively figured out what the background is, then it gets rid of it showing just the person, similar to what you'd get with the same feature in Apple's video chat service.
...and that's it. Now we're on to questions from the audience (all press).
One more demo here. This time Bhowmik's showing off eye tracking with a software version of Where's Waldo. The fame just tracks where you're looking to find him. Bhowmik spots him and the page turns to another illustration.
The Ascend D2 will fully replace the Ascend D Quad, in case you were wondering.
The Waldo demo is pretty impressive. I can see people using that.
"The best smartphone is from Huawei. Not our competitors." Yu took a moment to make sure everyone heard that.
Q: Any plans on North American carrier partnerships?
A: We're discussing it. We will sell these two products globally.
Going over the announced chips, perceptual computing, and On-Demand pay TV.