How the Internet of Things Helps Make Everything Smart

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key component to enabling Intel to answer the question, “How do we make everything smart?” The answer was a central theme in Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote at CES 2014 and Fireside Chat, “Internet of Onesies, Bottle Warmers, and Coffee.”

Throughout CES, Intel asserted that we’re on the edge of a revolution when it comes to IoT. We’re making it easier for people and businesses to connect products, and eliminating barriers to creativity. It’s now possible to make an idea a reality, and faster than ever. Creativity leads to innovation, which in turn leads to new business opportunities. One of the new products that makes this possible—in addition to the Intel® Quark SoC and Intel® Atom processors—is Intel Edison, which was unveiled at CES.
Intel Edison
One of the most exciting announcements at CES was the introduction of Intel Edison. This new Quark technology-based computer is housed in an SD card form factor with built-in wireless. Available in summer 2014, it’s designed to enable rapid IoT development and innovation by inventors, entrepreneurs, and product designers. It’s exciting to imagine all the incredible IoT solutions that will be developed with this technology.

Watch a video of Brian’s keynote to see a demo of Rest Devices, an Intel Edison-based device that communicates infant biometric data to parents, coffee mugs, and bottle warmers. This is an excellent example of using technology to solve real problems. What I think is amazing is that Rest Devices integrated Intel Edison in only five weeks!

Connected Cars
The IoT is also taking advantage of opportunities on the road. More Intelligent and Connected cars will connect to a variety of mobile devices, the cloud, the traffic infrastructure, and to other vehicles, making driving a safer, more enjoyable experience. An intelligent car knows the driver to deliver the right information, at the right time and in the right way.

A BMW i3 and an Infiniti Q50 made the trip to CES to showcase how Intel technology is enabling connected cars. BMW ConnectedDrive uses Intel technology to provide quicker response times when users interact with the professional navigation system. Infiniti InTouch uses Intel technology to enrich the driving experience, including high-end graphics on touchscreen displays. Intel is also powering the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems in the Kia K9 luxury sedan and is collaborating with Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota Motor Company to define the next generation of IVI systems.

Security will also be a focal point moving forward. Consumers need to be able to trust that the smart devices they’re using are secure to avoid any trepidation regarding the IoT. Intel provides integrated and pre-validated hardware and software so user data can be securely aggregated, filtered and shared from the edge to the cloud.

The innovations presented this year at CES were inspiring and the show floor energy was palpable. The Internet of Things is bringing the development of solutions across the board closer to the consumer than ever before.

Stay tuned for more on Intel and the Internet of Things. CES was just the beginning!

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