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Intel Developer Forum 2014 in San Francisco

Intel Developer Forum 2014 in San Francisco.

At the Intel Developer Forum 2014 in San Francisco on Tuesday, Intel executives unveiled a bundle of hardware and software tools that are designed to push forward the possibilities of the Internet of Things.

A computer the size of an SD card?

Intel’s Edison processor is the latest to join the Internet of things, which comes with built-in wireless capabilities and is as minuscule as the size of an SD card.

The Edison which was recently announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is "designed to enable rapid innovation and product development from inventors, entrepreneurs and consumer product designers," according to Intel.

Intel distributed the $50 Edison module to those who attended the IDF to support developers and "makers" to make little or wearable devices for the business market. Among the early ventures that have been constructed with the tiny processor are a Brailler printer/embosser designed by a 12-year-old and a LED-lit dress that changes colors focused around the wearer's electrical currents.

According to Intel, the minuscule frame of Edison, it’s moderately low-cost and wireless capacities make it a valuable aspect for a scope of uses and applications.

It is assembled with a 22-nanometer Intel Atom Soc, the Edison module offers a dual-core, dual-threaded 500 MHz CPU and a 32-bit, 100-MHz Intel Quark processor MCU. It incorporates dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy for both device-to-device and device-to-cloud connectivity.

Edison as of now supports development with Arduino and C/C++. Support for Node.JS, Python, RTOS and Visual Programming are required to be included "in the near future."

Intel also unveils the Internet of Things 'Wheelchair'

Intel also unveiled an "Extreme Maker Space" for developers at the IDF event. The Maker area is putting forth prizes to its attendees who can concoct the most innovative ideas for space travel applications, health sensors, alien life detectors and other forefront gadgets.

As indicated by Intel, the Edison chip will help improve the configuration of devices connected to the Iot. About 85 percent of today's gadgets with installed computing capabilities not connected to the Internet, the IoT is a huge (a $20 trillion industry by 2020), Doug Davis, VP and general supervisor of Intel's Internet of Things committee, said at the IDF event on Tuesday. By 2020, Davis said, researchers are foreseeing that 50 billion gadgets will be connected to the IoT and generating 35 zetabytes' value of information Relevant Products/Services.

"The real promise of the Internet of Things is the ability to extract information out of all that data and to transform the way that we work, the way that we live, the types of products and services that are available," Davis said.

Intel on Tuesday also launched a number of products, including the Intel Reference Design for Android program, Analytics for Wearables developer program and the Intel® XMM 7260 modem, which is shipping in the Samsung Galaxy Alpha cell phone in Europe and different markets.

It additionally revealed a Connected Wheelchair Project, which was announced regarding a video-link appearance by physicist Stephen Hawking. The Internet of Things wheelchair was designed by a team of interns at Intel as a part of its Intel Collaborators program.

The connected wheelchair monitors the vitals of the individuals sitting, which includes monitoring blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature. The wheelchair can additionally gather data on the user’s surrounding, thereby allowing the individual to rate accessibility of locations.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the project is an example of how "the Internet of Things can help change lives."

Hawking announced the new wheelchair at the IDF 2014 event. "Medicine can't cure me so I rely on technology," he said in the video. "It lets me interface with the world. It propels me; it is how I'm speaking to you now. It is necessary for me to live. This is a great example of how technology for the disabled is often a proving ground for the technology of the future."

The wheelchair was created by a 20-year-old engineering intern, Tim Balz. It utilizes open-source hardware and software to welcome advancements in its technology as well as for customization according to individual requirements.

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