Intel had a lot of innovation to shove into our faces at CES, including a computer inside an SD card, an always listening smart headset and the confirmation of processors being able to dual-boot Windows and Android OS.
The CEO of Intel, Brain Krzanich, did say he wanted to get his company back on the right innovative track and will be looking into wearable and tablet technology, citing the mobile industry as basically out, unless they were able to grab either Samsung or Apple’s attention.
Starting with Edison, Intel has basically designed a computer to run on the size on an SD card. Using a dual-core Quark chip and with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, they are able to make even the smallest things “smart”. For the demonstration, Edison was being used to show when a babies temperature changes and when it does it would change the color of a coffee mug, an odd demonstration.
Edison looks to be the next step in wearables and smart things – products that are small and can be used in plenty of different areas. This could be the start of the smart home revolution, where everything is a sensor connected to a hub, all working through Bluetooth and WiFi.
In another move to make everything smart, Jarvis, a new Bluetooth headset, looks to take parts of Google Now and Siri and parts of the traditional Bluetooth headset design and mesh them together, into something paying customers would want.
Jarvis can be paired with an Android smartphone and will allow the user to perform certain tasks by speaking, rather than using their smartphone. They can look up places, get directions and other functionality voice recognition is able to achieve.
Intel will not start selling Jarvis, it is just a base design to get their partners interested, who will then fund the design team and Intel to make this a marketable product. We wonder if any partner is actually interested in a smart Bluetooth headset, the market seems thin.
Intel also made the announcement that their processors would be able to work on dual-OS systems. Dual-OS is where two operating systems are loaded into the machine and at the touch of a button, users can switch between Windows OS and Android OS.
This is good timing, Intel has already seen the growing market for OEM partners who want to build dual-OS laptops and tablets running both operating systems. Their rival, AMD, also said they would support dual-OS, meaning the race is officially over.