As neat as the Kindle Fire HD already is, just a few dinky tweaks could turn it into so much more — a platform for true physics-based gaming, for example, or even for surprisingly fast photo manipulation. How come? Because both the 8.9-inch and 7-inch versions of the Android-based slate come with a graphics engine that can handle OpenCL acceleration. It certainly won’t work out of the box, but Amazon has been working quietly with Imagination Technologies — the folks behind the tablet’s PowerVR GPU — to try it out. The demo after the break is subtle, perhaps, but it’s fluid, detailed and goes far beyond anything that a stock device can achieve. It also proves that, in certain circumstances, OpenCL has the power to boost frame rates by 50 percent while simultaneously lowering power consumption by the same proportion. Read on for more.
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