From securing IoT to curing cancer, gesture-controlled robots and 3D smartphones, CBR names the main announcements from IDF 15.
Intel is this week hosting its annual Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, featuring some of the most up to date technologies in the industry.
CBR runs down the most noteworthy announcements coming out from IDF.
1. IoT security protocol
Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich (pictured) put the IoT space at the heart of the conference, promising the audience that the company will make the IoT secure.
He said: "We will make our vision of a secure IoT a reality."
The CEO revealed a new security protocol that he said will make IoT communication and transactions more secure.
The Enhanced Privacy Identification (EPID) protocol seeks to create a "silicon level root of trust", with Krzanich explaning that security will be embedded at core of the systems’ hardware.
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2. Cure to cancer
During IDF 2015, Intel announced that its cloud-computing platform dedicated to cancer research will be welcoming new members and contributors in 2016.
The Collaborative Cancer Cloud, created in partnership with the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), will see a health care centre in Boston and another one in Austin, Texas coming on board.
With the cloud platform, organisations can access and share data on their researchers around the cure to cancer. This data is hosted in a shared data centre, according to the semiconductor company.
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3. Future of computing
With technology changing at a faster pace than ever before, Krzanich said that the future of computing will be based on three assumptions: sensification, smart and connected. These three factors aim to give computers sight, sound and touch.
The CEO explained that the ‘sensification’ of the computer space will result in the deployment of computing sensors all over the world, making things smarter and the IoT a reality.
He said that computing will have to be smart and connected and built for the IoT, a space where the power of wearable devices will bring the physical environment to life.
Krzanich exemplified his ‘sensification’ model by using Microsoft’s Cortana voice-recognition system to recognise voice commands.
He added: "Devices have to respond in a natural way. Computing used to be confirmed to really a two-dimensional world.
"That’s not enough in today’s world. We want our devices to become more like humans. Talking to a device should feel more like a two way conversation."
4. Intel RealSense
In a push for its RealSense technology, Intel unveiled RealSense technology OS X. RealSense will be available on a wide-range of platforms, opening up more opportunities for developers to create new depth-sensing hardware and software.
In addition to Windows and Android, developers will be able to use Intel’s RealSense with Mac OS X, ROS, Linux, Scratch 1, Unity, XSplit, OBS, Structure SDK, OSVR, Unreal Engine 4 and Google’s Project Tango.
A number of developers, including Razer, XSplit and Savioke have also announced new platforms, peripherals and other solutions based on the Intel’s technology.
During IDF, the company’s CEO showcased several applications of the solution with robots taking centre stage.
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5. Intel/Google smartphone
The two titans have entered into a collaboration to developed a powerful smartphone with 3D technology and virtual reality capabilities.
Krzanich showed the audience a prototype device built on Intel’s RealSense Smartphone developer kit featuring Google’s Project Tango.
The company explained the solution will enable new experiences, including indoor navigation and area learning, virtual reality, 3-D scanning, and other applications.
The developer kit is targeted for release to selected Android developers by the end of this year, according to Intel.