Intel CEO Krzanich Spotlights New Innovations in CES Preshow KeynoteJanuary 7, 2014 By Howard Whitman
Only six months after taking on the role, recently appointed Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich dazzled CE industry press and CES attendees with his first-ever CES Preshow Keynote Address on Monday, Jan. 6 in Las Vegas.
"We are in the midst of a transition from a world of screens and devices to a world of immersive experiences," said Krzanich, who devoted his address to presenting the multiple new immersive experiences his company is developing based on its core and emerging technologies.
"We're going to show you revolutions in three areas: how we live, how we work and how we play," he said. Starting with how we live, he focused on what he called "one of the most exciting areas of development - wearables.
"Why aren't wearables everywhere?," he asked, citing two reasons:
1) They don't integrate all of the features we want
2) They're not solving our problems.
"How do you fix that? Make everything smarter."
He the presented Intel's new Smart Earbuds, which combine audio and health/fitness tracking capabilities in one device, as they record pace, distance and heart rate with no chest strap, and draw power from a smartphone's microphone jack.
Next, he showed the Smart Headset, nicknamed Jarvis, which provides hands-free engagement with calendar and planning info, complete with the voice of Jarvis asking questions and pointing out potential conflicts.
Both devices can be charged using the product Krzanich showed next, the Smart Charging Bowl. Users can simply drop their devices into the black bowl, which will wirelessly charge them.
Many companies have rolled out smart watches and Intel is throwing its hat into that increasingly competitive ring. The company's Smart Watch has, according to Krzanich, "all of the features you'd expect," but with no tethering and unique additions such as Smart geofencing, which gives parents the ability to remotely monitor another wearer, for example, showing where your child is at any time.
Krzanich announced the company is partnering with fashion giant Barney's and CDA (the Council of Fashion Designers of America) to develop wearables that combine fashionable flair with Intel Smart technology.
The company isn't stopping there in terms of Smart tech. Krzanich premiered Edison, which is essentially a tiny, 22n Dual Core PC that is smaller than an SD card. One use for Edison will be Intel's Nursery 2.0, a system for new parents that links Edison to The Turtle, a sort-of Smart baby monitor, that provides visual cues on a Smart coffee cup to show if the baby is sleeping well and has a normal temperature.