Print your own robot and cars that understand what you say
Perceptual computing, which will let you control devices from tablets and Ultrabooks to your car dashboard using gesture, voice and eye motions is making waves in the technology world.
Intel has already published its software development kit for developers, so gesture control will be found in all kinds of devices very soon.
This means you’ll be able to control the TV with gestures - so farewell to the remote control. Our driving experience will also be transformed as drivers will be able to tell their car where to go, rather than programming a GPS system.
Gamers will be able truly to lose themselves in their virtual world, experincing shoot-em-ups and finding treasure with movement rather than with a mouse or a gamepad. Avid readers can turn the page of their e-book with a flick of the eye.
We take a look at the best of today's tech and forecast trends for tomorrow.
1. Today: The Galileo board
Keen to tap into the widening Do-It-Yourself market, the Intel Galileo development board,introduced last year, is a platform with makers and students in mind.
The micro-controller board based on the Intel Quark application processor is the first board based on Intel architecture that is designed to be hardware and software pin-compatible with shields designed for the Arduino Uno* R3. It is also software-compatible with the Arduino software development environment.
Intel will ship the second-generation Galileo open-source computer soon.
2. Galileo development board: Bubble project
Developers have added a modem and hooked the Galileo up to a bubble blower. Onlookers need simply tweet #bubbleao and the machine kicks into action.
3. Tomorrow: Edison chip
Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, The Edison system-on-a-chip boasts SD-card proportions will be available later this summer.
It has built-in wireless capabilities and supports multiple operating systems and Intel is certain that the chip will play a huge part in developer's and designer's projects for ever-shrinking tech gadgets and wearables.
4. Tomorrow: Wireless charging bowl
Now users can charge multiple items that don't have to be lying perfectly perpendicular to their charging mat.
The technology is based on a global wireless charging ecosystem based on Rezence technology, championed by Alliance for Wireless Power A4WP, of which Intel is an active member.
5. Future: solar charged laptops
Alternative Power Architecture (APA) will be available as an option for the Intel Education 2 in 1 in the near future. It will allow “plug-and-play” solar charging experience for students who do not have access to grid power during projects.
The laptop even comes with a clip-on microscope, and works on Windows 8.
6. Future: Floating display
Developed at Intel’s Perceptual Computing lab, 3D Cameras that already being installed in PCs will be combined with a “floating display” allowing users to reach out and interact with figures on the screen. Floating displays are set to become an important application across education, gaming and information kiosks, Intel believes.
7. Future: print-your-own robot
Jimmy is part of the 21st Century Robot Project, allowing people worldwide to collaborate, build and share “Jimmy” robots using open source design files and artificial intelligence that is available online and using apps that people write and share. Makers simply download and can customize their robot, 3D printing it with their personal specifications. Jimmy is priced at around £600.
Intel hopes Jimmys in the future will become an important part of our lives, from acting as a caretaker to senior citizens to remind them to take their medicine to helping a teacher in the classroom.
Later this year, Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson’s 21st Century Robot book with designs from students and makers will be “open source” and there will be a free early release version. Go to 21stcenturyrobot.com to access the book, how-to videos and Jimmy’s design files.
8. Future: Smart cars
Visitors to the Intel future showcase were taken on a journey through a suburban area in the make-shift future car. The car 'of the future' can adjust to relevant speed limits, count-down for the change from amber to green while waiting at traffic lights, and will interact with the phone of the person you are picking up to plug in their location details for GPS without you having to touch a screen.
Extra safety features like limiting the acceleration after you have read an email off the dashboard screen will increase safety on the road, Intel said.
9. Future: In your hands
Input from do-it-yourselfers will start to make a bigger impact as 3D scanning and printing prices drop.
The Intel RealSense 3D Camera hopes to become a focal point of gaming and invention. Featuring full 1080p color and a depth sensor, the camera which will be installed in PCs and tablets and hitting the shelves this year.