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STEM-tastic Results in our Oakland Education Initiative

Posted for Barbara Whye, the Executive Director of Strategy and External Alliances in Intel’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Office – you can follow her on Twitter @steministbarb. The Intel-Oakland Unified School District initiative has produced fantastic results in year one … Read more >

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Intel® IoT Developer Kit: Your Gateway to Commercial Cloud Solutions with Microsoft Azure* IoT

Microsoft Azure* collaborates with Intel IoT® Technologies to provide developers with a full set of development tools – from the edge to the cloud. 

For many data-driven businesses, it’s already challenging to keep the software, firmware and configuration of IoT devices up-to-date. That issue is often compounded when equipment and sensors become geographically dispersed. As developers ask IoT to do more than ever before, the need for fully-integrated solutions continues to increase. 

With this need in mind, Intel and Microsoft are collaborating to provide a complete set of development tools for IoT – from the edge to the cloud.  With the Intel® IoT Developer Kit and Microsoft Azure* IoT Cloud Services you will have a better out-of-the-box experience, can access data easier, and rapidly move from prototype to product. Connecting the wide array of commercial devices becomes simpler, allowing access to information that was previously unavailable. Data can now be manipulated with advanced analytics, and utilized in a number of ways. 

Open to All Developers

The design of IoT should be on your terms. With use of the Intel® IoT Developer Kit in conjunction with Microsoft Azure* IoT, you are in control of your design. Whether you specialize in transportation or retail, Microsoft Azure* and the Intel® IoT developer kit help you rapidly prototype your project by enabling developers to use a variety of programming languages, sensor libraries, and devices in the same ecosystem. 

Rapid Prototyping to Product

A difficult hurdle for developers to overcome is the integration of devices in a commercial atmosphere. It is possible to hook up more equipment and drive data to the cloud easier than ever before using an Intel® NUC Gateway and Microsoft Azure* IoT. This integration allows you to view, manage and deliver near real-time data, allowing you to quickly move from prototype to product, as well as send data to your customers. By using Microsoft Azure* services through an Intel® Gateway, you can include stream analytics, machine learning and even notification hubs to trigger specific outcomes.

Best Developer Experience

Without fully-integrated IoT tools, the ability to manage devices and data requires individual connections, from the development platform to the device itself. With use of an Intel® Gateway and Microsoft Azure* IoT, you can centrally manage many devices, resulting in a simplified deployment methodology that saves time and money.

There is no longer a need to develop on a single platform or language, maintain device connections separately or worry about cross-platform compatibility. Using the resources of Microsoft Azure* IoT and the Intel® IoT Developer Program smooths out multi-language issues, making the developer experience simple and easy.

Code Samples to Get Started

Intel and Microsoft* have collaborated to make getting started easier. Between JavaScript*, Java* and C++, there are 28 code samples available through Github and the Intel® Software Developer Zone for IoT Microsoft Azure* page.

Not only can you experiment with the great starter project code, you can also utilize the code basics within your own innovations. With access to reliable code, you will have one less worry, allowing you to focus upon the big picture.

Fast-Track your Project

Versatile and performance optimized, Intel® IoT Developer Kits, which include Intel® Edison and Intel® IoT Gateway technologies, are supported by a variety of programming environments, tools and security options. 

Take the difficulty out of managing IoT by using Microsoft Azure* IoT Cloud Services with Intel® IoT Technologies, allowing you to innovate and rapidly move from prototype to product. You can find a demonstration of a rapid path-to-product IoT solution for retail using cloud data analytics on the Intel® Software Developer Zone for IoT along with numerous other code samples and tutorials. 

Visit Intel’s Microsoft Azure* IoT resource page to download software, code samples and get your project started. 

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Devising the Theory of Economic Incentives for Cybersecurity

Technologists pursuing interesting and elegant solutions in cybersecurity frequently lack the knowledge of economics to anticipate the influences of other technologies, existing infrastructure, and technology evolution on the potential  success of the technologies they are creating.  Viable solutions may not … Read more >

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Podcast: Mike Bates Discusses Distributed Energy Resources and Changing Business Models for Utilities

In the above podcast, Mike Bates, Director of Energy at Intel, discusses how energy and utilities’ business models are changing and how distributed energy resources will be tied into the energy markets. Mike also shares some insights into the exciting trends … Read more >

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Intel Commends the Advent of Federal Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines

Marjorie Dickman, Global Director & Managing Counsel of Internet of Things Policy at Intel Corporation As a global technology leader in advancing the future of fully autonomous driving, Intel appreciates the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement today of guidelines for … Read more >

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Driving Cloud Gaming Into the Mainstream

A quick glance through all 2016 cloud gaming related news and articles is enough to realize how fundamentally divided game pundits are towards the streaming delivery model.

On one side are the bulls. They espouse the sheer beauty of the concept: the world tends to digitalization, globalization, simplicity, rapidity, cross-screen and multi-device gaming, services vs. products, subscription models replacing traditional sales. Consumers have already switched to Spotify*, Netflix*, and the like, so it seems only natural to add a streaming games subscription and this shift is inevitable.

On the other hand are the bears, mainly influenced by the turbulent history of some past ventures, the reliability of a user experience closely linked to a steady Internet connection and, especially, to the cost of the hardware involved. Cost efficiency is the Mother of All Battles, as we, in PlayGiga, are well aware.

Cloud gaming demands custom servers equipped with multi GPU cloud graphic cards, fed, in turn, by high-end CPUs. On top of that, high-speed 10 Gb interfaces are required to enable the necessary number of concurrent users per server. The complexity of this solution is probably the reason why there´s only a new generation of servers every 2 or 3 years, and why these servers cannot be easily leveraged for other purposes. Unfortunately, customization reduces monetization opportunities for the 95% of the time servers are underutilized when not being accessed by online gamers.

And here’s where Intel® HD Graphics technology, featured in the Intel® Xeon® processor E3 family, comes to the rescue. In PlayGiga we are testing the use of general purpose and high density servers with integrated mainstream GPUs, like the Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics P580 available in the brand new Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1500 v5 product family. We believe this is the right approach to make cloud gaming scalable while delivering cutting-edge performance per watt and more efficient rendering in the cloud. Plus, through server optimization, we are able to vastly reduce the amount of server space and infrastructure required in our datacenter.

The concept is simple enough: mainstream cloud gaming access is achieved through mainstream hardware. The inflection point will be reached once we start seeing the next generation of cloud-optimized video games, which will drive efficiency to an unheard-of level and, with the scalability and cost-efficiency guaranteed… nothing’s gonna stop us now!

PlayGiga is a technological and editorial platform born in 2013 with the aim to lead the Cloud Gaming arena by developing a unique worldwide service based on a proprietary hybrid sandboxed virtualization technology. If you’re interested in learning more about PlayGiga´s cloud gaming solution, please contact us in

Luisfer Fernandez – PlayGiga CTO

Ivan Mayo – R&D Manager, PlayGiga

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Trending on IoT: Our Most Popular Developer Stories | September

Detecting Earthquakes

Code Sample: Earthquake Detector in JavaScript* for an Intel® Joule™ Development Platform

This code sample shows you how to keep track of seismic data using a development platform and an assortment of extensible sensors.

Intel® Joule™

Introducing the Intel® Joule™ Module

The Intel® Joule™ module offers a robust software stack. It includes a pre-installed, Linux*-based OS that is tailored for IoT, based on the Yocto* Project, with support for sensor libraries in the Intel® IoT Developer Kit.

IoT Enabled Concussion Detection System

IoT-Enabled Concussion Detection System

See how 15-year-old Riddick developed an IoT system within a football helmet that alerts a coach if a player is injured.

Build a Mobile App with Blynk*

Use Blynk* to Build a Mobile App for Any IoT Product in Minutes

Blynk* is an IoT platform that provides developers with a drag-and-drop interface that works on iOS* and Android*, and with multiple programming languages.

Warehouse scanner

Warehouse Scanner and Artificial Learning Database Demo

Use an Intel® Joule™ module with an artificial learning database on a Node.js* platform to quickly identify and classify different items for warehouse inventory purposes.

Toyhub Robotics Demo

Toyhub* Robotics Demo Using Cylon.JS* Gobot and an Intel® IoT Gateway

Quickly develop an IoT and robotics project using Toyhub*.

 Intel® Quark™ Microcontroller

 Accelerometer Tutorial Using Intel® Quark™ Microcontroller D2000

Utilize multiple samples from Intel® System Studio for Microcontrollers  to get you up to speed with basic functionality and become familiar with the Intel® Quark™ Microcontroller Software Interface (Intel® QMSI).

Using Libraries

Using Libraries for your IoT Project

Learn how to use two essential libraries—Libmraa* and UPM—for your IoT projects


Using Universal Asynchronous Receivers/Transmitter (UART) Interfaces

Program UART interfaces using the open-source Intel® Quark™ Microcontroller Software Interface (Intel® QMSI) board support package that comes with the Intel® Quark™ microcontroller D2000.

Add a Button

Adding a Button and LED to your Intel® Quark™ Microcontroller Developer Kit D2000

Follow this tutorial to learn the basics of the Intel® System Studio for Microcontrollers by using the LED and user switch present on an Intel® Quark™ microcontroller D2000.

Our team of software developers, experts, partners and enthusiasts have continuously shared innovative and exciting ideas in the Intel® IoT Developer Zone. This month we’ve compiled a list of our most popular IoT stories to guide you through the latest projects in the IoT space. Miss last month? Go to August IoT to catch up.


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Open source software is leading us into a technical utopia

It’s unlike anything else in any industry. Open source software can turn individual developers into influencers overnight. Free enterprises from decades-long licensing dependencies. Turn startups into publicly traded companies in no time. But it’s not new. The practice of openly … Read more >

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Open Source Software is Leading Us Into a Technical Utopia



It’s unlike anything else in any industry.

Open source software can turn individual developers into influencers overnight. Free enterprises from decades-long licensing dependencies. Turn startups into publicly traded companies in no time.

But it’s not new.

The practice of openly sharing code, allowing others to advance it with incremental contributions, and monetizing the deployment and/or support of it has actually been around for a while. Its recent popularity has simply pulled back the curtain to reveal its emergence in all variants of software stacks, democratizing the innovation around operating systems, applications, mobile platforms, services, languages, frameworks and tools.

There’s a utopian vibe to open source activity—a collective momentum that works for the betterment of all. Individuals and contributors can use or steer the project to fulfill their needs; meaning what you put in benefits you and all others.

And it doesn’t matter who you’re working with.

I’ve talked at meetups where developers and data scientists sit side by side, advancing the same project despite the fact that they work for competing companies. Taking part in an open source project really means everyone is in it together.

It’s a philosophy that is capturing the mindshare of increasing numbers of companies, including Intel’s long-term partner Microsoft, who recently released .NET Core 1.0, an open source software development platform that runs on both Linux and Mac OSX.

This was welcome news to the dozens of data scientists and developers I engaged with at the recent Spark Summit West event (I was there demo’ing the Trusted Analytics Platform (TAP) in a booth that shared its border with the Microsoft booth). The general consensus: “Great news!”

Obviously that’s just one example. If you look hard enough at many successful technology companies, whether built on software or hardware, you’ll likely find some pedigree of open source activity.

At another recent event, OSCON, I had the opportunity to interview with O’Reilly’s Mike Hendrickson. Here, I was asked about Intel’s involvement in open source, including our significant contributions to many analytics-related projects and incubation of TAP. You can watch the full video below:

Company involvement in open source can be a point of great pride for those that take part. Large companies can tweak elements of open source to allow users to maximize their use of code and the project or library’s performance on underlying hardware. It’s a way to gently reach into what everyone wants to build on—and provide a foundation for even greater success.

I’m looking deeper into various examples of open source benefits and look forward to posting my findings. For a more in depth look at Intel’s other open source projects, please visit

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Meet the Future of Driving: High Performance In-Vehicle Compute with Headroom to Grow

It’s truly an exciting time for in-vehicle computing. What started with parking assist and rearview cameras has evolved into lane departure warning and dynamic cruise control, requiring more intelligence and compute in the vehicle. Each step toward the vision of … Read more >

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