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Intel expansion of IoT developer programme leads IDF announcements

Steve Rogerson
August 21, 2015
 
The newly expanded Intel IoT developer programme was announced this week by CEO Brian Krzanich at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The expansion included adding IoT commercial developer resources and kits.
 
The programme provides a fast, flexible and scalable path for IoT products with a set of resources, developer kits, tools, knowledge and technical support. Whether developers are starting with an Intel IoT developer kit or the latest IoT commercial developer kit, they are said to have a clear path from prototype to production for IoT products that scale in performance with advanced security and ease of manageability from device to cloud.
 
In the opening address at the forum, Krzanich highlighted new products, tools and programmes that support the growing personalisation of computing and described the trends creating new opportunities for developers across an unprecedented breadth of technologies.
 
He said computing had become increasingly personal, enhancing nearly all aspects of life. "Computers are on our desks, in our bags, in our clothes, in our homes and on our bodies,” he said. “They are not only growing smarter and more connected, but gaining senses and becoming an extension of ourselves."
 
An ecosystem is emerging around Intel to address these growing opportunities for computing. Krzanich detailed many of the essential products, technologies and tools from the company that would help developers make the differentiated experiences possible.
 
He unveiled a number of updates to Intel RealSense technology that would bring depth sensing to more devices and applications, and announced new collaborations for securing the IoT, in addition to programmes and toolkits for developers to help speed industrial IoT products to market. And, for the highly personalised world of wearable computing, Krzanich provided updates on the Intel Curie module and previewed a new reality competition programme called America’s Greatest Makers, produced by United Artists Media Group CEO Mark Burnett and appearing across leading networks and properties of Turner Broadcasting.
 
Each year at the forum, Intel shares its vision for the future of technology innovation with the developers and partners who will create the products, engineer the systems, render the movies, and power the toys and devices. Below are key announcements highlighted at this year's forum:

  • Intel RealSense technology will be available on a wide-range of platforms, opening up opportunities for developers to create depth-sensing hardware and software. In addition to Windows and Android, developers will be able to use RealSense technology with Mac OS X, ROS, Linux, Scratch, Unity, XSplit, OBS, Structure SDK, OSVR, Unreal Engine 4 and Google's Project Tango. Also, a number of developers, including Razer, XSplit and Savioke announced platforms, peripherals and other products based on the RealSense technology.
  • In collaboration with Google, Intel is driving innovation in mobile depth sensing by combining Google's Project Tango and RealSense technologies into an Android smartphone developer kit. The kit enables new experiences, including indoor navigation and area learning, virtual reality and 3D scanning. It is planned for release to selected Android developers by the end of this year.
  • America’s Greatest Makers will premiere in the first half of 2016 and showcase makers competing for a $1m prize by inventing wearable technology and smart connected consumer devices powered by the Intel Curie module.
  • Intel Optane technology, which is based on the 3D XPoint non-volatile memory media and combined with the company's system memory controller, interface hardware and software IP, will unleash vast performance potential in a range of forthcoming products. Optane technology will first come to market in a line of high-endurance, high-performance SSDs beginning in 2016. The memory technology will also power a line of DIMMs designed for Intel's next-generation data centre platforms.
  • Fossil Group previewed three Intel technology-based products resulting from its wearables collaboration with Intel first announced in September 2014, including a connected watch running Android Wear. The products will be available in the fourth-quarter of this year.
  • Intel announced a software platform created for the Intel Curie module, which includes all the hardware, firmware, software and application SDK needed to enable various device experiences. Intel IQ software kits will support future versions of this platform.
  • Intel’s EPID enhanced privacy identification technology will be implemented by IoT sensor and microcontroller vendors including Atmel and Microchip to help secure an increasingly smart and connected world.
 
At the forum, visitors viewed a demonstration of the EPID protocol running on Microchip’s IoT security platform.
 
“Microchip has long recognised the importance of security in IoT applications,” said Ian Harris, vice president of Microchip’s computing products group. “Collaborating with Intel to integrate its proven Intel EPID technology demonstrates Microchip’s steadfast commitment to providing the very best IoT solutions, by working to enable designers with the safe and secure interoperation of their things with Intel’s devices, gateways and servers.”
 
As more devices connect – devices that carry information about homes, businesses, communities and people – the need is paramount for safe and secure communications that protect data and identities. EPID provides authentication, allowing a service provider to verify that an end user belongs to a group authorised to access the service. It also helps protect end-user privacy, enabling them to receive the service without revealing their identity; they cannot be traced by the service provider.
 
“By utilising Intel EPID technology, Microchip’s customers can maintain end-to-end security and privacy in their IoT products and services, which helps them to protect data from device to cloud, minimises unauthorised access of endpoints and gateways, and will promote a common security framework for IoT platforms,” said Lorie Wigle, general manager of IoT security at Intel.
 
During the Game-Changer session at the forum, Doug Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of the software and services group, and Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the client computing group, talked about how computing has always been at the heart of the gaming industry and the PC remains the number one platform for gaming. Intel is supporting the gaming industry with computing performance and innovations, opening up opportunities for developers. Gamers and developers joined Fisher and Skaugen on stage discussing how gaming is extending its influence to other industries such as toys, advertising and e-sports by embracing technologies including virtual reality and RealSense for immersive gaming experiences.
 
Intel is also unlocking the lifesaving potential of the IoT along with California-based Fuhu, an innovator of high-tech consumer products for children and families. Together the two companies will bring the Intel Smart Clip to market, which can help prevent accidents involving toddlers by using built-in sensors to alert a parent or caregiver’s mobile device if a baby’s car seat becomes unbuckled, too hot or cold, or remains fastened while the parent or caretaker falls out of range. Fuhu will sell the device this year at leading retailers where Nabi brand products are sold.