Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO
The giant chip maker Intel has announced a host of new technologies at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Some of the newly announced technology initiatives include the Intel Curie module, a button-sized hardware product for wearable solutions and new applications for Intel RealSense cameras spanning robots, flying multi-copter drones and 3-D immersive experiences.
The company has also announced a broad, new Diversity in Technology initiative, which includes a US$300 million investment to encourage more diversity at Intel and within the technology industry at large.
"The rise of new personal computing experiences, intelligent and connected devices, and the wearable revolution are redefining the relationship between consumers and technology," said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO, during a keynote address at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. "Our goal with Intel technology is to help solve real problems and enable experiences that are truly desired by people and businesses. In order to do this, we must also do more to lead the growth of diversity and inclusion within the technology industry. Women and under-represented minorities will continue to play a greater role as consumers, influencers, creators and leaders."
The Wearable Revolution
Krzanich also unveiled a plethora of collaborations: a wearable device collaboration with Oakley, a leading product design and sport performance eyewear brand, a 3-D collaboration with HP, and highlighted True Key, a new cross-platform application by Intel Security that uses personal factors like the face, device or fingerprint to make logging in easier and safer.
Krzanich was joined on stage by Colin Baden, CEO of Oakley, who said the companies are working on an intelligent product, available later this year, designed to enhance athletes' performance.
Krzanich disclosed plans for the Intel Curie module, a tiny hardware product based on the company's first purpose-built system-on-chip (SoC) for wearable devices. The module is scheduled to ship in the second half of this year and includes the Intel Quark SE SoC, Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensors and battery charging.
This is in addition to the company's earlier announcements on collaboration on multiple products and initiatives with different fashion, fitness and lifestyle brands last year.
Krzanich also highlighted Nixie, the 2014 "Make it Wearable" challenge winner and the first wearable camera that can fly. Nixie rests on your wrist like a bracelet, then unfolds and takes flight on cue to take the perfect shot of you in the moment.
Accelerating Diversity in Technology
Krzanich, who acknowledged a recent confluence of events related to women and under-represented minorities, announced the US$300 million Diversity in Technology initiative.
To support this initiative, Intel has set a bold new hiring and retention goal to achieve full representation of women and under-represented minorities at Intel by 2020. Full representation means Intel's U.S. workforce will be more representative of the talent available in America, including more balanced representation in senior leadership positions.
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