Intel & It’s Quest To Chip EVERYTHING From You to Your Dog

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has a dream: to have his intel computer chips in all things.  At this year’s recent Intel Developer Forum (IDF), the company showed off the power of their chips in everything from BMX bikes to devices to train dogs and strange “Terminator”-like spider robots.

The semiconductor chipmaker is actively looking to expand its global reach.  It’s investments into wearable devices seem to be a step towards conditioning us to get used to the “magic” of chips.

According to  Intel recently bought several wearables-making companies, including Recon and Basis, and developed its RealSense 3D-scanning tech. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that his company wants to be “everywhere.”

At the IDF show floor Krzanich claimed that wearables’ capacity can be greatly boosted. Such devices could also be more connected.

The Intel forum also featured a BMX stunt bike with a small Intel Curie module. It recorded data such as maximum height and airtime.

Krzanich explained that a biker’s wearables such as smart goggles could track other information such as his heartrate or the bicycle’s speed. That tech could be used for wristbands and golf clubs. explains:  Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, said during an interview at IDF: “We want to be everywhere.”  That is certainly the case with wearables, which Krzanich pointed out to me during a brief tour of the IDF show floor. “I believe we can bring a lot of capability to wearables, probably more than what you see now,” he said. “We can make them much more connected.”

“It’s not just for athletes; you and I could use it too,” he said. “There’s no reason [for example] we can’t transfer this same technology to your wristband or your golf club. And suddenly you’re an intelligent golfer.”

Intel is also working on a “guide dog bib” which will be a smart collar that will help humans to train canines. continues:  “Here’s one of our newest employees,” he said suddenly. We were standing on the ground floor of Moscone West in San Francisco when he smiled and gestured toward a yellow Labrador, who was wearing a guide dog bib.

“We’re going to start working to build dog collars to help people understand how to better train guide dogs,” he explained. It was a brief insight into how Intel is looking into integrating its tech beyond just the usual wearable although Krzanich was also quick to show off already-announced items like the Recon Jet and Mica bracelet.

Krzanich was also keen to show off the capabilities of Intel’s RealSense, another passion project within the company. More than just a camera, RealSense aims to mimic the human eye, especially in terms of its depth perception.

This, Krzanich said, makes interacting with technology much more natural and immersive. “Most cameras see in two dimensions. Ours see in three. It’s multilayered and much, much richer,” he said. Imagine waving your hand over a vending machine to select what you want or a video game racing rig that knows where your gaze lands so the view of the cockpit moves with you.

While much of this tech may seem exciting now, what does it mean for our future?  Scientists and inventors such as Tesla’s Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have been warning us about the future of robots and artificial intelligence.  Hawking went so far as to call the future of tech a “human holocaust”.

What do you think about chip and wearable technology?  Below is a video from the Intel conference of Intel’s new “Spider Robot”.


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