CES 2016: Intel takes to skies with smarter drone

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Chris Graham

January 6, 2016

Brian Krzanich, CEO of the chip maker, unveils new technology that allows a drone to automatically dodge obstacles

Intel is aiming to capitalise on the soaring popularity of drones, showcasing technology that it claims takes the industry to even greater heights of intelligence.

CEO Brian Krzanich presented the Yuneec Typhoon H drone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where he delivered a keynote speech for the third year in a row.

With Intel’s RealSense camera allowing it to avoid collisions, Krzanich demonstrated how the new drone uses infrared lasers to detect and automatically avoid obstacles in its path.

As part of the presentation, the drone followed a cyclist through fake “trees” on stage, quickly dodging one when it fell.

“This is the world’s first truly intelligent consumer drone,” Krzanich said, adding that it would be available in the first half of this year for less than $2,000 (£1,300).

Sports featured heavily during the 90-minute address, with Intel joining the competitive field of wearable technology . Announcing partnerships with New Balance and Oakley, Krzanich said the company was working to give athletes real time data on their performance.

Oakley is bringing out Radar Pace, smart eyewear that features a “voice-activated, real-time coaching system”, which provides statistics on the user’s performance and offers advice on how to improve training.

In terms of footwear, Krzanich and New Balance CEO, Rob DeMartini, sported shoes with customised 3-D printed soles.

As well as for those playing sport, the technology company aims to improve the experience for the audience at home, and announced deals with ESPN and Red Bull Media House.

Intel’s products, in particular the low-power, small computer Curie, will give viewers more information about the sports they are watching – better replays and statistics from events such as snowboarding.

“This is about to change every major sport in a big way,” Krzanich said.

Krzanich’s deal with broadcasters and sports promoters are part of an effort to convince the audience and prospective customers that his products can play a role in technology other than PCs, where the company gets most of its revenue.

Krzanich arrived on stage riding a “robot Segway”, a personal transporter that can interact with users and sensors around the world. The technology, similar to hoverboards that have surged in popularity recently, is scheduled to be released in the second half of this year.

Kicking off the CES in Las Vegas, Krzanich declared that the world was “entering a new era in consumer technology”.

“There is a rapidly growing role for technology that is at once transformative, unprecedented and accesible,” Krzanich said. “With people choosing experiences over products more than ever before, Intel technology is a catalyst to making new experiences possible, and ultimately improving the world in which we live.”

This article was written by Chris Graham from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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