CES 2016 press day is almost over, and a few minutes ago we saw Intel showcase some amazing products produced under the collaboration with many different companies from around the world that use the Intel Curie microprocessor and Intel RealSense technology to tackle a variety of problems.
1. Gaming: With a tablet/phone with the RealSense camera, you can scan your body and create a 3D model of yourself, which you can actually insert into computer games (Like Fallout 4!).
2. Sports: Intel showed us the power of using their Curie processors in BMX bikes and snowboards. With the processor, a variety of sensors in the sports gear can track motion - including height of jumps, speed, angles of rotation and G-force. All this data can then be harnessed to train athletes better, with stronger evidence of their performance.
3. Drones: Intel partnered with Yuneec (Intel also owns a part of the company) to make the Typhoon H drone with an advanced collision avoidance system that uses RealSense to scan, identify and avoid objects in the drone’s path in real time. This means the drone can follow the user all by itself without crashing and continuously scan the surroundings for any harm-causing objects. The Curie processor, again, is used to handle the RealSense processing.
4. An AR Safety Helmet: DAQRI, an augmented reality company, worked with Intel RealSense to create a smart safety helmet - the kind used at construction sites and factories. This AR helmet has integrated RealSense 3D scanning cameras that can understand what the worker is looking at, and therefore assist him with his work in AR. The helmet can show steps to repair certain equipment, and use the thermal imaging sensor to allow the helmet to scan for potentially dangerous equipment and provide a guide to fix it. The helmet will ship today onwards. I found this product very interesting and innovative in the true sense, to improve workers safety and overall reliability.
5. A smart robot: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich didn’t walk onto the stage, he rode on a self-balancing scooter. Turns out, the scooter is made by China mobile giant Xiaomi (in partnership with NineBot) and is more than just a scooter - it is a fully functional robot for your home. The robot uses Intel RealSense cameras to map and track objects in real time in 3D, hence being able to roam around and help people without bumping into anything or causing any accident. You can speak to the robot, asking it to follow you. The robot can also support “hands” that you can attach externally. And of course, once you are done with the robot and are on the move, you can use it as a self balancing scooter. Neat.
The Curie processor, although extremely small, is very powerful and can handle RealSense cameras and other sensors with considerable ease. The processor will retail for under $10, making it really affordable for use in everyday objects. The RealSense technology too is put to use in the right ways, showing Intel’s passion to innovate and improve our future in small yet actionable ways.
Catch the full press conference video here.
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