At Computex 2016, Intel presented its processors for powering video, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.
According to the website deskeng.com, the opening act for Intel's keynote in Taipei, Taiwan, was a virtuoso Wushu artist's martial arts sequence. The show was augmented with the digital rings the martial artist wore. The gadgets dramatized her graceful movements with digital smokes and clouds corresponding to the vector and velocity of her movements. This was perhaps a reminder that the CPU maker is charging into the world of connected devices, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
Intel's corporate VP and GM for the Client Computing Group (CCG), Navin Shenoy, described the Wushu act as a great example of the intersection of technology and art. He also believes the 50 billion connected devices expected to be present in the world in 2020 to represent "a new cycle of growth." According to him, by creating more and more data with personal devices will also increase the necessities for more data centers, which in turn will require more devices.
Intel highlighted the Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition at the show. Up to date, the Intel Core i line has been the standard for consumer applications and gaming. Intel pushes it now toward cutting-edge games featuring VR, with the Core i7 Extreme Edition. According to the website of the chip maker, the Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition provides a great experience with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Intel is also involved in the artificial intelligence (AI) development initiatives, based on machine learning. According to the company's website, every form of computing is influenced by the machine learning revolution. From health to media and autonomous driving, technology is supporting human creativity with intensive compute power.
For a long time, Intel was synonymous with the PC industry. But the rise of cloud applications and mobile devices pushes the PC to evolve. Intel, as Shenoy writes, will move toward new kinds of PC, being assistive, immersive and interactive through natural interfaces catering to individual needs. According to ZDNet, Intel remains committed to PCs, but it is also working on a whole lot of other stuff, from machine learning to virtual reality to drones.