Intel Tries to Replace the Fashion Runway with a Virtual One



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This past week at a special interactive showcase in New York City, we got a chance to see some of the latest innovations utilizing Intel’s technologies, as well as what Intel is currently working on in their research labs. The event highlighted 16 different pieces of technology for the home, healthcare, fashion, social media, and transportation spaces. However, we will be focusing on the ones that especially caught our eye.

For the Home



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Lighting Fast Movie Downloads – The public’s insatiable need for instant gratification only reinforces how important it is for companies to deliver content to our computers, cell phones, and mobile devices at a faster rate. Developed by Intel with the codename Light Peak, there will be new high speed optical cable shipping in 2010. These thin pieces of optical fiber measure about the width of a human hair, and they will enable ‘Light Peak’ to transfer data over thin flexible wires and deliver download speeds we could only dreamed of five years ago. A good example that Intel is using to explain why this technology is so incredible, is that the library of Congress currently contains over 10 terabytes of information. Using Light Peak technology which downloads data at a speed of 10 billion bits per second, you could theoretically download the entire Library of Congress in 17 minutes.

Intel Intelligent Home Energy Management Proof of Concept - More than ever, monitoring energy consumption is an important variable in our day to day lives. The Intel Intelligent Home Energy Management Proof of Concept will be powered by the atom processor and lets you monitor thermostat temperature, turn off appliances, and it can even shut off home security systems that are all connected through a home network. It will also give suggestions for better energy management and conservation. You can check out the video demo here.



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Fashion & Shopping



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3D Scanning with a Digital Camera – With the public’s thirst for anything 3D growing at a monster rate, Intel is busy at researching how photography could be used in the future to allow amateurs to create 3D visual content, without the budget of Avatar or years of education. Intel also hopes to bring to the masses the ability to make life-like avatars from real life images created without any special equipment – just your average digital camera and PC. Currently this research is being conducted in Intel’s China labs.



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Virtual Worlds for Fashion – Have you ever considered the waste that goes into fashion designing? Yards of material goes wasted after that haute couture gown is completed, and the scraps can’t be used for anything else. Well Intel and the Fashion Research Institute are looking to change all that by using fashion-specific 3D virtual worlds which will offer a platform for designing apparel with accuracy and detail, without requiring 3D CAD tools. You will be able to recreate prototypes over and over again, thus eliminating waste of materials and this will also allow designers to collaborate and share ideas with fellow designers across the country.

In order to bring this concept into a reality, Shenlei Winkler, CEO of the Fashion Research Institute has enlisted a group of students to create a virtual runway which includes four ‘model bots.’ FRI will be providing technical fashion expertise to engineer the technical aspects, while the students will be developing their real-life collections for the model bots on the virtual runway. So soon enough, actual human models may be the thing of the past.



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Hands Free Technology



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The 48 Core Processor – The 48 Core Processor is currently being researched and tested at Intel labs, and if all goes well, it could soon let us interact with our gear in a totally new way. This powerful system could possibly lead a computer to have the same ‘vision’ as its human counterpart. Basically, the chip could allow you to interact with a computer on a more human level. The need for mice, keyboards, or any type of peripheral device may be a thing of the past if this technology goes as far as it plans too by letting the computer know what you are thinking without even pointing or clicking.

Understand Me - So you think the iPhone or Andriod phones are so cool? Well what if these phones were just in their infancy in regards to intelligence. Understand Me is a project that aims to make phones understand their owner, through the use of sensors, movements, heart rates, and device usage. What this will do is enable the cellphone to help us in real world situations, transforming your phone into your own personal travel adviser or secretary. The possibilities could be endless, unfortunately that does mean if you lose your phone, you really are screwed.



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Transportation

Connected Car – Intel and Visteon demoed what could be the latest addition to your vehicle that allows you to connect to the internet, GPS, weather, content streaming, and so much more. The Connected Car is essentially a console system for your car that will also work with an iPod, it has USB and Bluetooth support, and basically encourages you to never to leave your car, if only for a bathroom break.

Communication and Social Media



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Dispute Finder – Wikipedia is great but is it always accurate? Not really, especially when it relies heavily on user inputted data, which at times could be skewed. Dispute Finder is a project that works as a cross check when comparing data on the internet. It will take the information you are currently searching for, 
and find if infact it is being disputed by another source. Dispute Finder is currently available as an extension for Firefox in the Intel Labs that reads the text of every page that the browser finds, and then highlights the disputed content for easy accessibility. What triggers the Dispute Finder into action are statements like “Falsely claimed that X” and “experts no longer believe that.” I can only imagine that in the end the Dispute Finder will find that just about everything is disputed on the internet…



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So there you have it, a look into some of the pinnacle innovations from Intel Labs and the devices utilizing Intel research and technologies. What this means for us is that Intel has many new projects in the works that will influence our lives in the not too distant future.

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