Extreme Mobility Art and Tech Reaching New Heights

Note: This post was written by Intel’s Elvin Ong.

Intel has recoiled tightly and about to uncork a new level of mobile computing with Intel Centrino 2. It’s the latest essential ingredients inside laptops jacking up performance, improving battery life and increasing wireless Internet experience on the go.

That’s where Parkour comes to mind. Parkour is the art and practice of movement, which is similar to what we at Intel like to call “mobility.”

The Website How Stuff Works put it this way:

…what if taking a morning jog didn’t mean training for a marathon or wearing short shorts? What if it meant creative, individual expression through acrobatic moves like leaping from walls and over gaps, ground rolls and precision jumping? Instead of running laps around the community park, you’d navigate through the city, making the urban landscape your personal obstacle course, a playground for strength, freedom, courage and discipline.

Parkour practitioners overcome obstacles quickly and efficiently, without using extraneous movement. Individual movements are defined by their intention to get somewhere using the most effective moves with the least loss of momentum. Being highly mobile and adaptive is the name of the game, with control and freedom to move through urban environment the way you want to. We see this sport much like how we see the new Intel Centrino 2 technology hitting the streets next week: powerful, mobile, in control with freedom to step towards your next move.

Laptops with Centrino 2 technology will be among the first to use DDR3. The latest 802.11n helps connect faster to the Internet and roam further, and provides performance or energy efficiency when it’s needed to ensure your notebook keeps up with you.

I could always go for improving the way I move while keeping tapped into my Internet life…how about you?

We shot this video with a Parkour group based in Sydney, Australia, where there’s an Australian Parkour Assiciation.

Parkour is becoming an international “movement” with groups all over. Here are some cool things to check out:

Parkour.net the “Official Parkour Portal” (registration required)

American Parkour

Parkour TV

Parkour Generations

* Parkour is even inspiring new games.

6 Responses to Extreme Mobility Art and Tech Reaching New Heights

  1. Paul Horn says:

    This DDR3 stuff is great as well as the faster wireless. I have been reading on the net that you are having troubles keeping up on the graphics side. I don’t know if this is factual but can you pls clarify?

  2. Ken Kaplan says:

    Thanks for your comment, Paul.
    We’re offering two mobile chipsets, one with graphics which can handle the majority of needs very well, and a ‘discrete’ version. Over a month ago we shared that we had an issue with our graphics chipset, causing a delay in availability until August. But it’s fixed already and being shipping it to computer makers. It won’t be long for them to hit the market.
    It’s incredible seeing how much laptop sales have grown over the past couple of years. Heck, in the three generations of my immediate family, I can count at least 10 laptop and six desktop computers. The number of laptops nearly doubled in the past two years while the number of desktops stayed the same.
    Are others seeing this trend in their family life?

  3. Kevin says:

    “Are others seeing this trend in their family life?”
    Very much so Ken! Five laptops bought by family in the last two years, one single desktop (a home built machine). And right now I’m waiting to see what Apple announce around Centrino 2 before picking up another.

  4. Temujin says:

    The new Centrino 2 processors are going to be a huge hit increasing battery life, not to mention new performance. It would be nice to see better performance enhanced integrated graphics to top it off nicely.
    And I’ve seen the benefits of VPro. Being able to remotely access an entire VPro capable network makes updating and patching systems easier than ever. Then there’s the bonus of great security monitoring. A system administrator would only need to keep VPro up to date and keep a hot pot of coffee handy.

  5. Ken Kaplan says:

    Temujin — thanks for sharing your zeal for Centrino 2 and experience with vPro! The pot of coffee is a kick…and reminds me of the pro-ist of vPro pros, Josh Hilliker. He’s an Intel enterprise tech guru so hopped up on the goodness vPro brings when remote manageability features are plugged in and turned on. He is like that pot of coffee an IT manager can turn to for a jolt of insight — find him here http://communities.intel.com/openport.
    I checked out your site — wow! Lots of high tech action at the Virtual Hideout. In the about section http://www.virtual-hideout.net/about/ is that a Christmas tree behind you? Cool photo.
    Thanks for stoppin’ by.

  6. Temujin says:

    I think that was some wall decoration at a Hotel where the photo was taken. It was for a costume party and my editor thought it’d be funny to switch up the photos to get a laugh.
    I’ll be following the laptop and desktop processors closely as new and unseen Intel products are released. In the meantime, I have two desktop Skull Trail and Bone Trail 2 systems to satisfy the desktop readers.