Intel's known as a manufacturer of chips that power your laptop. Simple enough. But it wants—it needs—to be more if it wants to come along for the mobile, wearable, hybrid-fueled world. Tonight, it gave a look at its ambitions. They're huge.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich broke the items of interest down into three categories; live, work, and play. Love, presumably, is either implied or considered to be an empty construct.
Instead of relying on a separate device, the earbuds you wear when you exercise take care of all of the metrics you might otherwise get from a Fuelband, etc.
Jarvis is always listening, always monitoring, and seamlessly integrates into your life. A brief demo of Jarvis—which worked with an Intel personal assistant, but could also hypothetically work with Siri, Google, etc.—showed that it could understand natural speech instead of those herky commands you're used to.
Smart Charging Bowl
Instead of the wireless charging pad that you're used to, you can drop your compatible devices in a simple bowl—it looks like a 23rd century ashtray—to keep your gadgets juiced.
No charging, no tethering, and smart geofencing set Intel's version of the smartwatch apart. It can look at the time and know where the wearer is supposed to be, how they're supposed to get there, and more.
It's mostly a way to keep teenagers from hanging out in the 7/11 parking lot after hours, or at least to keep them from wearing their smartwatches when they leave the house.
Intel's going to work with Barney's, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Opening Ceremony to make sure that the wearables aren't a blight upon your wrist the way so many have been so far. Godspeed!
Edison is Intel's next SoC; it's a 22nm dual core processor, which supports Linux and is open sourced. It's got built-in Wi-Fi, the Bluetooth low energy standard, and App Store, ultra low power, and has Wofram Language and Mathematica.
Basically, Edison is one chip to rule them all, the brains that are going to make a smart home so smart. Here are a few of the applications in Intel's crystal ball.
A turtle with Edison inside it connects to a onesie, which makes the onesie smart enough to know when the baby is awake, asleep, in what position, how she's breathing, and what her temperature is.
It doesn't just go to your phone or to a browser interface, though. The data, in this case, can talk to a connected coffee cup, letting a parent know when a child is awake, how fast its heart rate is, and more.
And there's more! It knows enough to connect to a bottle warmer, so that when the baby wakes up, a bottle is ready and waiting for it. Which is maybe not the best idea since it means you're leaving formula or breast milk out for an indeterminate amount of time but hey, what do I know?
Intel's going to give away $1.3 million to the person or persons or conglomerate (maybe?) that can come up with the best next big wearable tech.
The more wearables you have, the more biometrics and data-collection and geofencing your devices collect, the more concerned you might be about security and privacy. Intel, in response, is installing security software for free on all of its consumer mobile devices. See? That McAfee acquisition was good for something!