What do you guys think of Intel's interface plans?

Intel spent a good part of it's ultrabook presentation talking about how tablet sensors, specifically accelerometers and touch screens, are coming to notebooks. That makes sense on a computer that isn't a normal laptop, like a Transformer with Windows 8, but I don't see the appeal on a regular computer. I think that this speaks to the desperation of Intel in the face of ARM tablets with superior battery life and similar performance. They cannot hope to compete in the tablet space so they are trying to force tablet interfaces onto traditional notebooks. What would anyone do with an accelerometer in a laptop? The only use I can think of is one that already exists, turning of the hard drive to protect it if it starts to fall. With traditional hard drives becoming less and less common this single useful feature will become even less useful. That's my take anyway. Anyone out there have a different take on this?