Intel CEO Sees A Bright Future For IoT, Developers

Tiny computers, real-time depth sensing, and breakthrough memory technology are among the innovations featured at this year’s Intel Developer Forum. CEO Brian Krzanich detailed how connected devices will change the way we all do business.

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“For most of IDF’s history, our mission was clear,” said Krzanich. “We demonstrated the march of Moore’s Law, previewed the next generation of Intel products, and showed our future Intel roadmap. It was a great formula, a simple one, and one that worked for a long, long time.”  –  Krzanich has acknowledged that Intel is having trouble doubling chip performance every two years in accordance with Moore’s Law. But there’s another law that protects the company: Metcalfe’s Law, which posits that the value of the network is proportional to the square of the number of users.  Though Krzanich did not invoke Metcalfe’s Law during his presentation at IDF, he described a world of ubiquitous computing that cannot avoid it. As more and more objects gain computing power, through the addition of sensors, processors, and transceivers, the value of connectivity (and of the people who provide it) gets amplified by network effects. One connected car in a city isn’t very useful. Ten thousand or 100,000 connected cars offer new traffic management possibilities. Add traffic sensors in the roads and clothing sensors for passengers and the possibilities proliferate.  More significantly Intel has updated its RealSense technology, which provides depth and motion information to cameras, to make real-time 3D mapping widely available. Krzanich demonstrated an Intel RealSense Smartphone with Google’s Project Tango, which will be offered to developers during Q4. He also announced RealSense support will be extended beyond Android and Windows to include OS X, Robot Operating System (ROS), Linux, Scratch, Unity, XSplit, OBS, Structure SDK (iOS), OSVR, and Unreal Engine 4.   Krzanich oversaw demonstrations of a variety of Internet of Things devices:

*  The Memomi memory mirror, which allows clothing customers to see potential purchases they’ve tried on in different colors;
*  The Nabi clip, which can be attached to an infant (or car seat) in order to transmit a reminder that you’ve left the child in the car (or any place one might park a child to run an errand…the wing of an airplane, the International Space Station, you name it); and
*  An N & W vending machine that can determine your gender and age and can sense gestures so it can be operated without being touched – ideal for airports, hospitals, and germaphobes anywhere.

The advantage of devices such as the vending machine, said Krzanich, is that data gets sent to the cloud so the business owner can make improved decisions. “As you move across verticals, you can see that these end-to-end solutions provide an opportunity for the smart retail segment,” he said. (As for the Nabi child abandonment sensor, perhaps technology isn’t the optimal solution.)

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