Intel unveils broad initiatives for smart, connected world

At Intel Developer Forum, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich launched a broad set of computing initiatives and projects for the smart, connected world.

The announcements include a set of new hardware and software developer tools and products across several technology segments.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

“With our diverse product portfolio and developer tools that span key growth segments, operating systems and form factors, Intel offers hardware and software developers new ways to grow as well as design flexibility,” said Krzanich giving the keynote at the launch of the Intel Developer Forum. “If it’s smart and connected, it is best with Intel.”

Among the key announcements were the Intel Reference Design for Android program and the Analytics for Wearables (A-Wear) developer program.

The Intel Reference Design for Android program is designed to offer tablet users a high-quality, consistent experience based on the latest Android operating system.

The Analytics for Wearables (A-Wear) developer program will accelerate the development and deployment of new wearable applications with data-driven intelligence. Developers of Intel wearables will use the A-Wear developer program free of charge.

Intel also announced the first commercial availability of Intel XMM 7260 modems supporting the fastest mobile standards and delivering Category 6 data rates up to 300 Mbps. Based on Intel’s second generation LTE platforms, the modems are now shipping in the Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone for Europe and other regional markets.

Another product, Intel Edison, a postage stamp-size computer with built-in wireless that was announced at CES, is now shipping and available.

Intel also announced that AT&T will be the exclusive carrier for the “My Intelligent Communication Accessory” (MICA) bracelet designed by Opening Ceremony, engineered by Intel, that was introduced last week in New York.

Intel previewed an upcoming Dell tablet, the new Dell Venue 8 7000 Series with Intel RealSense snapshot. The tablet will be available in holiday season.

Another major announcement at the event is Intel Wireless Gigabit Docking a full wireless experience that includes wireless docking, wireless display and wireless charging. Developers also got a preview of the next generation 14nm Intel Core processor for 2015.

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking joined the conference via video to discuss how technology for the disabled is often a proving ground for the technology of the future.

In connection with Hawking’s video attendance, Intel revealed for the first time a unique Connected Wheelchair Project, a proof of concept designed by Intel interns as part of the Intel Collaborators program.

The project demonstrated how to transform standard “things” into data-driven, connected machines using the Intel Galileo Development Kit, based on Intel Quark processors, and Intel Gateway Solutions for the IoT, featuring Wind River and McAfee security products.

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