01/07/2013 05:08 pm ET Updated Mar 09, 2013

CES 2013 Preview: Perceptual Computing Takes the Stage at CES

It's that time of year again. The world's largest consumer electronics conference is back, and all eyes are on Las Vegas for the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place Jan. 8-11.

The wide appeal of CES makes it a great forum for technology professionals to share and learn about the latest innovations. This year we are getting in on the action by helping kickstart what will be a big year for the perceptual computing market.

We are teaming up with Intel to demo our new collaborative chat application -- Personify Chat. Personify Chat was demoed to the public for the first time on stage today during Intel's CES press keynote event, giving attendees a first look at this application.

So what exactly is Personify Chat? At its core, Personify Chat is a two-way video chat app that transports you to the same virtual space as your friends, family, or co-workers allowing you to share experiences such as browsing or shopping online.

It's like a virtual green screen -- almost as if you're the weatherman with all the content in the world as your backdrop.

Whether it's sharing vacation photos with grandma, hosting a fantasy football draft or planning a trip with a friend, Personify Chat eliminates unnecessary distractions, letting participants focus their attention on the conversation. Once you've used it, there is no going back to a regular video call.

Most importantly, Personify Chat lets chat participants share visual cues like facial expressions and body language, which provides users honest and emotional feedback -- an element lost in most text-based chat tools.

We believe Personify Chat is one of the most innovative tools to come out of CES this year, and we can't wait to showcase it. Whether you find yourself in Las Vegas during CES or following along on Twitter, make sure to keep up with all the latest by following us on Twitter and registering for updates on Personify Chat.

Things at Personify and in the consumer electronics industry as a whole are changing rapidly -- and that is a pretty great reason to be excited for CES 2013.