10 Futuristic Technologies Intel Powers Today

The Summit Of The Future

Stepping into the solutions showcase at the Intel Solutions Summit in Dallas was like walking into a futuristic world.

Chip giant Intel, known for its processors in personal computers and laptops, has expanded its presence to new cutting-edge smart technology, from smart mirrors to digital-signage products. Following are 10 futuristic technologies Intel is powering today.

10. MemoMi Memory Mirror

The Intel Core i7 processor with Iris GPU powers the MemoMi Memory Mirror, a fitting room mirror that allows customers to try on clothes digitally.

The 65-inch commercial-grade mirror, which Neiman Marcus will feature, allows customers to get a 360-degree view of themselves while trying on clothes, and lets them see previous clothes they tried on for comparison. The mirror also lets customers share hot items through social media.

9. RealSense: Gaming With Your Body

Intel's RealSense allows for innovative gaming features powered by gesture control.

RealSense enhances perceptual computing through understanding sensory input and movement-supported platforms. The technology has an array of useful functions, including 3-D measurements, gesture control and facial recognition.

But RealSense can be a game-changer for the electronic gaming world, as demonstrated at Intel Solutions Summit. Users can use gestures to control games on mobile devices without touching the screen.

8. Compute Stick

Intel's new compute stick, dubbed "PC on a stick," touts a full operating system to transform TVs and monitors into computers.

The 4-inch stick uses either the preinstalled Windows 8.1 or Linux operating system, and will plug directly into the HDMI input of TVs and monitors to transform them into computers with productivity apps.

The Intel Compute Stick stimulates a growing market of HDMI port-enabled media streaming devices, such as Google's Chromecast, a device that streams Netflix, HBO Go and other media tools on the TV, and the recently announced Asus Chromebit, which provides a Bluetooth-enabled computing experience.

7. Grid 2

Intel processors are being expanded to make a mark in the enthusiast market. Conference attendees were able to play Grid 2, a game developed using Intel technology.

Grid 2 was developed by Codemasters, and utilizes Intel's fourth-generation quad-core Core processor, as well as Intel Iris graphics. Grid 2 runs on a Zotac ei750 system, which delivers enhanced visuals and is Windows-compatible.

6. Wind River Edge Management System

Wind River showed how it was utilizing its edge management system to power enterprise systems, such as robotics and heavy equipment.

Wind River, an Internet-of-Things solutions company, uses a horizontal Internet-of-Things platform to leverage data through analytics, security and connectivity services. The system integrates with the Intel Internet-of-Things Gateway to enable connectivity, allowing device management for the end user.

5. Intel TouchTunes

Intel partnered with TouchTunes, a music business operator located in some 70,000 bars and restaurants, to create a remotely operated jukebox with its Core processor, transforming how music boxes in bars are used.

The jukebox allows customers to visually find and purchase the song they would like to play through a remote personal smartphone or tablet.

4. Shapedmedia Digital Signage

Intel's presence in the Internet-of-Things retail vertical was apparent with Shapedmedia's line of POP sports boards, which offer entry-level digital-signage solutions from GIGABYTE built on the Intel Reference Design for Digital Signage platforms.

The boards, targeted at the millennial audience, are digitally equipped to deliver engaging, dynamic content from anywhere through a unique form factor.

3. ShoeSizer Kiosk

In addition to games, Intel has deployed its RealSense 3-D measurement technology for another interesting purpose -- measuring feet.

Volumental, a 3-D scanning startup company, has used Intel's RealSense F200 camera to create ShoeSizer Kiosk, which allows self-service at retail stores for clients who want to measure their own feet. The clients can step onto ShoeSizer, which then digitally scans and measures their feet from three different angles.

2. SteadyServ iKeg

For beer lovers, the SteadyServ iKeg is an interesting Internet-of-Things-retail solution. SteadyServ Technologies paired up with Intel to create the iKeg, which measures the keg's weight and sends that data to Intel's Gateway solution.

The Gateway solution enables brewers or bar owners to analyze their beer data in the cloud and access realtime data about the status of their keg and keep track of inventory.

1. Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that revolutionizes how consumers experience video games, has Intel inside. The headset features 360-degree head tracking that allows clients to seamlessly look at their virtual surroundings, as well as a stereoscopic 3-D view.

The Oculus Rift suggests utilizing the Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater. Oculus will be available for purchase in early 2016, according to Oculus.