Intel IoT Wheelchair Featured at IDF14 Opening Keynote

I’m standing in the middle of the Intel® Developer Forum (IDF) today, where I’m surrounded by outstanding examples of innovative projects made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT). Moments ago, I heard Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s inspiring opening keynote, where he highlighted an IoT project that is already generating a lot of buzz at this year’s event. Using integrated solutions and development kits such as the Intel® Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things Development Kits and Intel® Galileo Gen 2 board, developers are creating new intelligent devices and help build the connected future of the Internet of Things.

If the IoT application below piques your interest, then stay tuned tomorrow, when Doug Davis blogs about some of the more off-the-wall IoT applications that he featured in his IoT Mega Session today.

Stephen Hawking Introduces Intel IoT-Connected Wheelchair

Stephen Hawking introducing the Intel IOT-Connected Wheelchair

“The Internet of Things can help change lives,” Krzanich said as he introduced a powerful video starring Stephen Hawking speaking from an IoT-connected wheelchair designed at Intel.  Hawking went on to describe how the Intel technology-based machine can increase mobility.

“I am Intel Inside®, myself,” Hawking said. “This is a great example of how technology for the disabled is often a proving ground for the technology of the future.” See the video:

Through the Intel Collaborators program, a team of Intel engineering interns designed a custom platform that can transform standard wheelchairs into data-driven, connected machines. Using the Intel Galileo board and Intel Gateway Solutions for IoT, the team created a wheelchair that enables the collection of biometrical information from the user, as well as mechanical information from the machine, that can then be analyzed by stakeholders in the industry. The team also built an application that allows wheelchair users to map and rate the accessibility of locations, further enhancing the user experience.

Five Tenets for Edge-to-Cloud Solutions

Krzanich also touched on how IoT demands that disparate systems can securely connect, interoperate, and communicate to turn data into actionable insights. This can be challenging and time-consuming for those deploying IoT systems as well as developers creating IoT applications. To guide the development and ease deployment of IoT solutions, Intel has identified five key tenets of success for edge-to-cloud solutions, with a focus on security and interoperability:

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Learn more in the IDF14 Internet of Things Fact Sheet.

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