Windows 8 Ultrabooks and Tablets will be sporting brand new sensors, if what Intel says is to come true soon.
Windows 8 Ultrabooks And Tablets Coming With New Sensors: Intel
Intel made a blog post late last week saying Ultrabooks and Tablets based on Windows 8 will boasting of new sensors some time soon. These will give users more options to interact with the devices. These new sensors will include a compass, a GPS radio, accelerometer and an ambient light sensor. All these will be required for a convertible tablet to be eligible to display the Intel-owned Ultrabook branding. Intel has also gone on to mark these five sensors as ‘recommended’ for regular laptops that wish to be branded as Ultrabooks.
The compass sensor makes sense for both tablets and laptops. It seeks out the direction and finds out which way the user is facing. Using this information, the laptop can then easily guide the user in terms of local maps and landmarks. The GPS radio makes more sense on a tablet than on an ultrabook but then it won’t be absolutely useless on an Ultrabook either. It will help the user get accurate maps and directions no matter where he/she is.
There are already accelerometers built in to higher-end laptops so that hard drives can be locked when the device is detected to be falling. Accelerometers can gives users an estimate of distance travelled based on motion and may even be combined with GPS to pinpoint speed and distance travelled.
Intel also recommends a gyroscope for tablets but it is not necessary for ultrabooks. Gyroscopes detect motion in 6 different axes and it would be useless to have on an ultrabook but makes a lot of sense on tablets because those will be handheld. It makes for great motion controlled games and apps on tablets and phones.
The ambient light sensor is now part of most high-end laptops to dim and brighten the display and the keyboard backlight according to the amount of light incident on the sensor. This enables better battery management.