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Intel embraces Internet of Things, puts sensors on everything

Mark Hachman | Jan. 7, 2016
More sensors means more data... which means more chips to be sold... which means more revenue.

Sensors, sensors, everywhere

Besides sports, we saw Intel’s sensor push in a number of other innovative ways—including drones equipped with LED lights that were synced in time with a symphony of music, and a first-person shooter using Intel’s Skylake processor. Krzanich also showed a demo he’s showed before, where he scans someone directly into a game using an HP Spectre X2 and a technology called Uraniom. When complete, Krzanich appeared as a character in the recent game, Fallout 4.

Brian Krzanich Intel
Mark Hachman Krzanich was successfully scanned into the hit game Fallout 4. 

Those little Curie chips mentioned earlier can do more than just fitness tracking. Krzanich invited composer A.R. Rahman on stage to play music via gestures, and announced a collaboration with recording artist Lady Gaga and her Haus of Gaga studio to “showcase technology through creativity at the highest level.” (Stealing a page out of Panasonic’s book, Intel?) Additionally, Intel and House of Gaga will team up with several online media companies in a fight against online harassment.

Because we can never get enough drone demos, we saw an impressive display from the Yuneec Typhoon H drone, which incorporates Intel’s RealSense Technology for identifying its surroundings, making it “the most advanced collision avoidance system of any drone,” Krzanich said. The remote even allows the user to see what the drone sees. Krzanich showed off the drone’s capabilities on a simulated test track live at the keynote; he also featured a prerecorded video shot in Mexico. The Typhoon H will ship this year for less than $2,000, Krzanich said.

Brian Krzanich Intel
Mark Hachman The Typhoon H chases a rider down a test track.

Another highlight was the latest augmented reality helmet from DAQRI, presented on stage by DAQRI’s founder and CEO Brian Mullins. The company built an Intel Core M processor inside of a hard hat—yes, a hard hat—and paired it with a camera. The smart helmet uses augmented reality, so a plumber, for example, could use it to identify parts and order replacements, and can even use thermal vision to detect hidden problems. This hard hat is available today through DAQRI’s partners.

An unexpected surprise was the Ninebot Segway, an Intel Atom-powered Segway that uses a built-in RealSense camera to follow the user around. When you’re not riding it, the Ninebot collapses into a personal robot that you can control via voice commands and interact with in different ways. (It even has arms!)  “Developers can begin creating for the Segway robot, which will come available in the second half of 2016,” Krzanich said, adding that this will become an open platform connecting developers and robots.


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