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Skylake who? Intel focuses on smart devices and natural computing at IDF keynote

Mark Hachman | Aug. 19, 2015
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The “vending machine of the future” can recognize you (or at least your gender and age), with a translucent video screen designed to sell you a snack.

“As you move across verticals, you can see these products offer opportunities for smart retailers,” Krzanich said. To secure them, Intel developed a technology called Enhanced Privacy Identification, to secure data as it is passed between IoT devices. Intel has licensed it to Microchip and Atmel, Krzanich said.

As everything becomes smart and connected, computing becomes an extension of you, Krzanich said. Fashion watch maker Fossil had the same vision, and Krzanich introduced Greg McKelvey, chief strategy and marketing officer for Fossil, to show off its holiday product line of connected accessories, which will launch at the end of October: a connected watch, a connected Android watch, and a smart bracelet.

“We believe the sky is the limit for wearables,” he said.

At CES, Krzanich talked about the Curie module, a processor that can fit inside a button. It includes a Quark device, a Bluetooth radio, and battery charger. And now Intel has made one, Krzanich said. “When you have that kind of power, and that size of form factor, the possibilities are endless,” he said.

Curie can be used as a sensor hub as well as a platform. Using a Curie-powered BMX bike, Curie analyzed the tricks a rider did and actually identified them, Tony Hawk style. The biker then jumped over Krzanich. “Imagine all the sports that can be digitized,” Krzanich said.

One of the ways that Intel wil enhance Curie is by four “software kits.” Two, the Intel Body IQ and the Intel Social IQ, have already been announced.

Intel announced Time IQ, to intelligently manage tasks, calendar, and planning, as well as Identity IQ, which will identify the user. For select hardware partners, Intel plans to have these kits in hardware partner plans in the fourth quarter. Most hardware makers will have to wait a bit longer.

Krzanich showed off the Identity IQ kit in a proof of concept, with “enterprise grade security, and consumer grade usability”: a security bracelet that authenticates a user to her computer when she approaches it. When she removed the bracelet from her wrist, the computer locked. It also prevented Krzanich from logging in, using his biometric data to invalidate him.

FInally, Intel showed off its radical new 3D XPoint technology, now called “Optane.” The revolutionary memory architecture will be available in both DRAM modules as well as SSDs next year, Krzanich said. Intel showed off a working prototype that completely blew away conventional memory technology.

Finally, Intel also showed off a “floating display” that used holographs to simulate a virtual keyboard floating in space, as well as ultrasonic feedback to help users detect when they had touched the “keys.”


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