IDC to Host Deep Dive Discussion Session on Transparent Computing and Natural Interfaces with Microsoft, HP, and Intel at SMART TECHnology World Conference, May 30-31

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 16, 2013 – International Data Corporation (IDC) and GTIA L.L.C. today announced that three experts on transparent computing from the Microsoft Xbox, HP Consumer PC, and Intel R&D teams will join IDC Research Manager Michael Palma in the "deep dive" session entitled "Transparent Computing: Natural Interfaces for the Client and Beyond" at the SMART TECHnology World 2013 conference in Menlo Park, California on May 31st. Joining Palma are:

Ilan Spillinger, Corporate Vice President, Interactive Entertainment Business Hardware, Microsoft Corporation

Mike Nash, Vice President, Consumer PCs & Solutions, Printing and Personal Systems Group, Hewlett-Packard Company

Dr. Achin Bhowmik, Director of Perceptual Computing, Intel Corporation

Transparent computing, also called "interactive computing" and "perceptual computing," encompasses touch, gesture recognition, reality augmentation, voice interaction, facial recognition, and other technologies that will change significantly how human beings interact with electronic systems, including PCs, consumer devices, and embedded systems. Already familiar to users of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect and users of HP PCs with touch screens, and developers using the Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK, transparent computing will be deployed in billions of systems across multiple industries.

SMART TECH's deep dive sessions are highly interactive discussion and networking sessions among a select group of business, financial, and industry executives, and major end users who decide how transparent computing technology is being deployed. In the "Transparent Computing: Natural Interfaces for the Client and Beyond" deep dive, IDC's Palma will analyze transparent computing's technology and market landscape, then Microsoft's Spillinger, HP's Nash, and Intel's Bhowmik will present the critical issues they face in deploying the technology in intelligent systems. Palma will then lead the ensuing discussion.

"Transparent computing will be a defining element in the transformation of embedded systems to intelligent systems," said Palma. "Having these leaders from the Microsoft Xbox, HP Consumer PC, and Intel R&D teams testifies to the fact that implementing transparent computing will be transformational but challenging. This deep dive session is the best opportunity for executives to hear the perspective of real customers of transparent computing and determine whether their activities are in synch for intelligent system market success."

"Building a NUI system that is capable of reaching a broad audience is not an easy task. I look forward to engaging with the executives and Smart Technology audience and sharing my perspective on what it takes to build such a complex system people can connect with easily," said Microsoft's Ilan Spillinger.

"With perceptual computing, we are focusing on adding human-like sensing and perception capabilities to the computing devices," said Intel's Achin Bhowmik. "This will enable new and exciting interactive applications and experiences that are natural, intuitive, and immersive."

Participation in "Transparent Computing: Natural Interfaces for the Client and Beyond" is limited to 25 conference attendees. Content for the session is exclusive, including a formal email invitation from the lead analyst with a profile of the session's participants and goals for the session. All participants will receive an IDC follow-up report that analyzes the session's results.

To attend SMART TECHnology World, please register at Register for Day 1 of the conference on May 30th and then register for Day 2 on May 31st and specify that you want to attend the "Transparent Computing: Natural Interfaces for the Client and Beyond" session.

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About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For more than 49 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting

About GTIA

GTIA LLC provides focused, thoughtful, and leading edge research and advisory services for leaders in the intelligent system ecosystem. With a global team of highly experienced analysts and industry executive management team, GTIA leverages over 50 years of industry experience to address the business challenges faced by market leading companies as the embedded system market evolves through fast paced technology shifts and dynamic and innovative business models. Through conferences and advisory services that foster cross industry collaboration, comprehensive research, thought leadership, and insights of the digital supply chain, GTIA enables our customers to influence and capitalize on the intelligent systems market.