Justin Rattner gave a pretty fascinating keynote at IDF today about what he thought the big advances would be by 2050. He included three demonstrations from some out-there research that is happening in some of intel’s “Lab-lets” in Seattle and Pittsburgh. I had a chance to chat with a few of the researchers a few weeks before to get a sneak peak and grabbed some video of their work – take a look at the videos below to see what Rattner showed today in his keynote:Cutting last cord – power: Imagine having the ability to walk into an airport or room with your laptop and instead of consuming battery, it is recharged. Based on principles proposed by MIT physicists, Intel researchers have been working on a Wireless Resonant Energy Link (WREL). Rattner demonstrated powering a 60-watt light bulb without the use of a plug or wire of any kind, which is more than is needed for a typical laptop. Josh Smith, a principle engineer at Intel, and intern Alanson Sample are leading the research effort out of our Seattle lab and I had a chance to see it in action and chat with him before the keynote – check out the video to see for yourself: “Sensitive” Robots: Rattner demonstrated two working personal robot prototypes developed at Intel’s research labs – these are meant to someday be at home with you instead of in a manufacturing floor. One of the demonstrations showed electric field pre-touch that has been built into a robot hand. The technique is a novel sense used by fish but not humans, so it can “feel” objects before it even touches them. The other demonstration was a complete autonomous mobile manipulation robot that can recognize faces and interpret and execute commands as generic as “please clean this mess” using state-of-the-art motion planning, manipulation, perception and artificial intelligence. Check out this video I took just before the keynote started
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