Intel CEO Brian Krzanich wowed the CES 2015 crowd Tuesday night with his vision of the future, one that features autonomous drones, a new button-size chip called Curie, and self-aware computers that can "see." Krzanich not only promised Intel chips would shape the future, but also vowed that Intel would lead by example and outlined a $300 million dollar investment to bring diversity to its workforce.
"The rise of new personal computing experiences, intelligent and connected devices, and the wearable revolution are redefining the relationship between consumers and technology," Krzanich said. "Our goal with Intel technology is to help solve real problems and enable experiences that are truly desired by people and businesses."
Krzanich said Intel was determined to fuel three major forces driving a digital revolution that is changing the way consumers and businesses use technology, including "computing unleashed, intelligence everywhere, and a wearable revolution."
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"2015 is truly a unique year. It's the beginning of the next consumer technology wave," he said.
On stage Krzanich was joined by a parade of powerhouse partners that demonstrated how Intel was making good on its present, near-, and long-term road maps for Intel's technology.
Hewlett-Packard's Dion Weisler, who is currently executive vice president of HP Printing and Personal Systems but is poised to become the CEO of HP Inc. after the company splits, showed how Intel was powering HP's Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology. Weisler also demonstrated HP's blended reality computer Sprout.
iRobot CEO Colin Angle also joined Krzanich on stage in a virtual form via a rolling robot and big flat-panel display. Lastly, Oakley CEO Colin Baden joined Intel's CEO to talk about how the company will be working with Intel to build upcoming vision products.
Along with laying out its long-term road map, Krzanich stressed Intel's current goals with its RealSense technology that uses a voice- and gesture-control system. The RealSense technology, Krzanich said, would be inside a swath of consumer and business laptops and tablets. On stage he showed Dell's newest Venue 8 7000 tablet that uses the RealSense technology.
"You'll no longer be chained to your computer by wires," he said during a demonstration of the RealSense gesture control by navigating a recipe on a Lenovo laptop during a mock cooking demo.
Intel also announced a partnership with Marriott, Hilton, San Francisco International Airport, and others to offer wireless charging at select locations. Though he didn't mention it by name, Krzanich was referring to its upcoming Skylake chip, which is expected to enable wireless charging and data streaming between PCs. The chip is expected to be available to developers in the first half of 2015.
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