In a day keynote at CES 2015, Intel‘s CEO Brian Krzanich bounced on stage to move out some barely platitudinous statements about the way forward for know-how, and to convey the viewers dancers, a cello, and what seemed to be a boy band, all fused to trippy lights.
It was enjoyable.
Crucial a part of the keynote got here on the finish, nevertheless, when Intel pledged to spend $300 million to convey its workforce variety as much as “full illustration” of girls and “underrepresented minorities” by 2020.
Krzanich said that “Intel will lead by instance” on the difficulty, although he additionally famous that the shortage of variety in know-how is one thing that the complete business should work on, and never simply his firm.
To succeed in its objective, Intel will rent in a different way and tie government pay to efficiency on the difficulty. The latter will possible be sure that those that make hiring decisions obey the previous. Krzanich additionally promised transparency on its progress.
The primary cutlet of the presentation noticed the CEO outlining three forces that, in his view, will form the way forward for know-how. They’re considerably easy to know, so let’s take them every so as.
“Computing Unleashed:” Within the view of Krzanich, computing goes to shift from a two-dimensional expertise, to a 3-dimensional expertise. This meshes with different tendencies which were seen in recent times, together with three-dimensional televisions, and a few work in gaming.
He additionally said that “computer systems are gaining senses,” one thing that “will outcome of their potential to know.” Krzanich is right in that computer systems have gotten more and more sensory. However — and as we’ll see shortly in his different factors — sensors are proliferating all over the place, so the purpose turns into right from each instructions on the similar time.
Krzanich famous a Dell pill, and a digital camera, each which use the corporate’s “RealSense” know-how to deliver three-dimensions into the buyer area, implicating images and the like. Intel additionally spend a while discussing wi-fi powering, for the second yr operating. Final yr, the corporate confirmed off a bowl that had wi-fi charging know-how. This yr, it confirmed off a pill that had the identical functionality.
“Intelligence all over the place:” Intel said that the Web of Issues is the truth is not a brand new idea, however was as an alternative one thing that has been round “for years.” Intel additionally identified that the issues that make the Web of Issues what it’s — more and more clever, related objects — are rising in sophistication.
Krzanich then introduced out a robotic that had a display displaying off the face of a human, after which a number of drones that seemed like that bees nest you stepped on whenever you have been a small youngster. Importantly, the CEO coined a brand new phrase: Drone ping-poing.
The corporate ran a drone by way of an impediment course after which confirmed a clip of drones flying by means of timber. Intel actually likes drones.
“The Wearable Revolution:” Like different know-how giants, Intel is into wearables. The corporate launched Curie, what it calls “the subsequent era of computing.”
Right here’s how TechCrunch described the Curie product earlier in the present day:
Intel largely missed the boat on wi-fi and pill chips, however is making an attempt to get forward of the curve in new computing platforms which are rising. Final yr at CES, the corporate introduced an SD-card sized improvement module referred to as Edison based mostly on its Quark SOC. […]
Together with the Quark SE chip, Intel is releasing a improvement module referred to as Curie. The platform is designed to have all of the options which might be mandatory for builders who’re hoping to construct their very own wearables, together with low-energy Bluetooth connectivity, movement sensors, and battery charging.
Intel needs to promote chips to the people who promote you issues. The agency definitely seems to be placing various improvement work into constructing the center of future wearables and different comparable units.
Intel hit on comparable tones as different companies have this yr at CES. That stated, it appears to have know-how in hand extra so than some, which suggests it might be in an honest place to work aggressively to develop and keep share within the increasing, however more and more small world of computing.