During his colourful keynote at CES 2016 in Las Vegas (which included a drone-powered, world record-setting aerial light show), Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced a range of partnerships that showcased the vast power of technology to deliver new and amazing experiences.
Together they represent three tech trends that are shaping our digital future.
Together with ESPN and Red Bull Media House, Intel will help to integrate tiny Curie computing modules into the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle and Men’s Snowboard Big Air competitions at the 2016 X Games in Aspen. Curie will be able to provide real-time tracking of in-air rotations, jump height, jump distance, speed, and force on landing.
It’s an example of the first key tech trend, which embraces low-powered computing, wireless connectivity and the Internet of Things. It shows how everything is increasingly becoming smart and connected.
Intel will also be working with sportswear manufacturer New Balance in 2016 to develop wearable technologies for athletes. Krzanich and New Balance CEO, Rob DeMartini, showed off customised running shoes with 3D printed midsoles, uniquely modelled to the shape of their feet using Intel RealSense.
Oakley, meanwhile, used the keynote to preview its forthcoming Radar Race smart eyewear for cyclists and runners. The glasses feature a voice-activated, real-time coaching system, designed to help track fitness progress and improve performance.
Both products show how computing is becoming ultra-personal. It highlights the second of our future-shaping trends: that the best (and most useful) technology will ultimately become an extension of you.
All of which brings us to the final tech trend and it’s arguably the most ambitious. You can see it in the new Yuneec Typhoon H drone (pictured below), which uses Intel RealSense 3D camera technology as a basis for its advanced collision-avoidance systems.
Intel showed off the potential for UAVs with a spectacular light show, where 100 light-equipped drones danced and painted 3D shapes and messages in the sky near Hamburg, Germany. You can see how marketing director of perceptual computing Anil Nanduri and his team of engineers did it in the video below. Or read more about it here.
You can also see it inside the new Segway personal transporter from Ninebot. Based on the company’s Mini Pro design, it’s part self-balancing two-wheeler, part all-seeing robotic butler, equipped with an RealSense ZR300 Camera (to navigate around the home) and powered by an Intel Atom processor. Segway plans to make the rideable robot commercially available later this year.
Both the drone and the Ninebot show how devices can be gifted human-like senses, the first steps along the road to the sensification of computing.
“There is a rapidly growing role for technology that is at once transformative, unprecedented and accessible,” said Brian Krzanich at CES 2016, where Intel also demonstrated the Daqri Smart Helmet, previewed the America’s Greatest Makers TV show and made music with gesture-sensing Intel Curie-powered wristbands.
“With people choosing experiences over products more than ever before,” Krzanich added. “Intel technology is a catalyst to making amazing new experiences possible, and ultimately improving the world in which we live.” — Dean Evans (@evansdp)