Developers, Robotics, Internet of Things, Take Center Stage at IDF15

In San Francisco last week, an Intel IoT-connected BMX bike soared over CEO Brian Krzanich’s head, spider bots and industrial robots alike danced on stage to the delight of wide-eyed developers packing the Moscone Center, and the Internet of Things (IoT) ushered in a new era. It was just another day at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Intel’s premier event for developers and their champions. For those who were lucky enough to score a ticket to this year’s sold-out event, it will be an adventure to remember. For those who watched along from home, catch up with these key highlights from Intel’s biggest party of the year.

Brian Krzanich’s High-Flying Keynote

A BMX bike soars over Intel CEO Brian Krzanich's head at IDF15.

During his opening day keynote, CEO Brian Krzanich explored trends and developments in IoT technology, highlighting what we can develop today and what opportunities developers can look forward to in the future. One of the solutions he personally helped demonstrate was the BMX Sensor. The device uses Intel technologies to processes real-time accurate measurement of angular rate, acceleration and geomagnetic fields in three perpendicular axes within one device. Krzanich trusted it enough to make full clearance of his noggin.


A Spider Bot to Rival Them All: Meet Big Mama

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich uses Intel RealSense technology to control a spider bot he calls Big Mama.

Krzanich controlled a hoard of spider bots with a wave of his hand, via Intel RealSense. He walked on stage at IDF San Francisco with spider bots galore, as well as an enlarged version he affectionately referred to as “Big Mama”.  Watch a full replay of Krzanich’s IDF15 keynote.


The Dynamic Duo: IoT and Big Data

Intel Internet of Things Senior VP and GM Doug Davis (left) and Intel Data Center Senior VP and GM Diane Bryant share the stage at IDF15.

Intel Internet of Things Group Senior VP and GM Doug Davis teamed with the Intel Data Center Group’s Senior VP and GM Diane Bryant to explain how Intel is bringing a wealth of tools, plug-and-play platforms and new technologies to deliver on the promise of IoT and big data analytics.


FarmLogs: Bringing Data Analytics to Agriculture

Doug Davis talks to Jess Vollmar, who started a company called FarmLogs.

Some industries are already off and running. Jess Vollmar started a company called FarmLogs to build an impressive farm management service—combining sensor data from farm equipment, satellite imagery, weather data, and more—to help farmers squeeze maximum production out of every acre of their land.


GE Software: Wind Turbines Turn to IoT-Connected Big Data

GE Software’s John Magee said the industrial giant uses big data to coordinate its army of turbines.

GE Software’s John Magee said the industrial giant has boosted the output of its wind farms by 20 percent—an improvement with billion-dollar impact—by using data to better direct and coordinate its army of turbines.


New Tools: Scaling Out the Internet of Things

Doug Davis discusses the Intel IoT Platform at IDF15.

To help make data aggregation and analysis simpler to deploy, Bryant and Davis announced new tools, including:


Can Big Data and IoT Help Cure Cancer?

One of the biggest opportunities, Bryant and Davis explained, is in healthcare. The United States spends $1.5 trillion a year on healthcare, yet the promise of personalized, precise care based on a person’s individual genome is not yet here. That is about to change.

Eric Dishman, Intel Fellow and GM of Health and Life Sciences, and Dr. Brian Druker from Oregon Health & Science University, came on stage to announce the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, a personalized care platform that allows hospitals to share patient genomic data for lifesaving discoveries.

Eric Dishman explains how Intel's Collaborative Cancer Cloud helped him push cancer into remission for the first time in 25 years.

“Half of all men and a third of women will get cancer at some point in their lives,” Bryant said, “so this is important for all us.” Druker and Dishman explained that the vision of the CCC is to be able to sequence an individual’s genome, find the cancer-causing DNA, and build a precise treatment plan to solve it, all in one day, by 2020. To that end, the CCC will be largely open sourced, and additional large cancer institutions will join the effort in 2016. (Read more in Dishman’s blog.)


Industrial Robot Dance Off

Industrial robot dance off.

Intel gave its interns a collection of industrial robots to play with and what did they do with them? Why, robot dance off, of course!

Watch a full replay of Davis and Bryan’s mega session.


Hot Tech: Intel IoT Platform Architecture and Product Overview

Intel IoT Platform

Rob Chapman and Brian McCarson discuss the Intel Internet of Things Platform. McCarson was a leading architect on the project. Brian McCarson and Rob Chapman spoke to a packed house during their overview of Intel IoT Platform architecture. McCarson is a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation and is the Senior IoT System Architect for the Intel IoT Platform, while Chapman is a senior director responsible for strategy development and product planning across Intel’s IOT product portfolio.

The duo’s talk was the top trending technical session on Day 2 in the IDF15 app.


Technology Showcase: The Internet of Things

Doug Davis talks with developers at the Intel Internet of Things Zone at IDF15.

The Internet of Things (IoT) Zone showcased the latest Intel IoT technologies and ecosystem solutions, which connect things to the cloud, integrate with existing infrastructure, and securely manage data. The Zone was segmented into three distinct categories: Developer Solutions, IoT Building Blocks and End-to-End IoT Solutions. See our Internet of Things trends video with Doug Davis at IDF.


Intel IoT Commercial Developer Kit

The Intel IoT Commercial Developer Kit.

The Intel IoT Commerical Developer Kit was a huge hit at the Intel IoT booth. The kit helps developers rapidly prototype ideas and get to commercial production, faster.


Intel Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID)

Intel Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID)

Attendees flocked to the IoT Zone to learn more about Intel Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) identity technology. Krzanich announced during IDF that the Intel security standard is being adopted by Microchip and Atmel to help improve interoperability in securing IoT solutions. The companies join an ecosystem where more than 1.1 billion Intel EPID certificates have been deployed.

As IDF wrapped up one thing was clear: we’re entering a new era of IoT that is being fueled by the extraordinary innovation of Intel IoT ecosystem collaborators, and, at the heart of it all, the tireless drive and imagination of those developers who dare to dream big.

To stay up-to-date with Intel IoT developments, keep your eyes on this blog, our website, and on Facebook and Twitter. To watch a replay of the main keynote, mega sessions, and more, visit the IDF15 archive.

David McKinney

About David McKinney

Social Media Manager, Internet of Things (IoT) Group INTEL CORPORATION David is a 16 year veteran at Intel and currently the Social Media Manager for Intel’s Internet of Things Group (IoTG). Prior to his current position, David led the content creation enthusiast notebook marketing efforts where he defined product strategies to solve content creation workflow problems and establish Intel leadership in the Digital Content Creation (DCC) segment. David has held business development manager and marketing leadership positions in multiple Intel business groups, including the Intel field sales organization. Outside of work, David enjoys a number of hobbies ranging from hiking to volunteer work at the Oregon Humane Society along with the discovery of new technologies related to music creation and photography. You can follow David on Twitter: @dmckinney and continue the conversation on Twitter by following @IntelIoT and friend us on

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