Today Intel held its developers forum and announced a partnership between itself and Google. Intel will combine its RealSense 3D camera sensors with help from Google to design a new Project Tango developer kit for smartphones.
Intel has launched a new Android app. Dubbed ‘Intel Remote Keyboard,’ the software will let you use it as a remote keyboard and mouse for your PC.
Intel has reported that it acquired Recon Instruments, a Canadian organization known for making wearable displays. Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO made a commitment shortly after he got his current role in 2013 to wearable technology and now is acting on it. Krzanich, stated that Intel is an ideal partner for Recon.
Intel’s Rezence wireless charging standard has been in the works for a while now, but the company says it’s ready to be shipped in consumer devices starting in 2016. Fortunately for us, that’s only a year off.
Rezence uses magnetic resonance for transferring power, and it should theoretically have a bit more range than what we’re currently working with. Intel’s SVP, Kirk Saugen, claims that everything from keyboards and mice to laptops should start being integrated with Rezence tech. For all of the other devices (and our older stuff) there should hopefully be some add-ons that will allow everything to take advantage of wireless freedom. Read more
Although we all see the fruits of the chip manufacturing battle in the form of sleeker, faster, longer running mobile devices, not many people are aware of just how intense the competition in the industry has become. Two of the biggest rivals, Samsung and TSMC, recently moved to 14nm/16nm production for newer devices, with Samsung leading the way. The ability of Samsung to jump ahead in shrinking the manufacturing process let it move the Samsung Galaxy S6 to its own Exynos chips and has it in the lead to produce chips for the Apple iPhone 7. Samsung hopes to retain that position by moving to a 10nm production method by the end of 2016. Read more
Asus is expected to unveil its new ZenPad series tablets at Computex next week, which will feature 4:3 aspect ratio screens and Intel chips.
The Basis Peak, developed by a company underneath Intel, finally has support for Google’s health and fitness platform. The Basis Peak now shares data with Google Fit and other similar platforms. The data normally stored in the official app — heart rate, calories, and activities — can be on the move. Meanwhile, the app allows users to import their weight data from outside platforms.
Hit the break to see what else the Basis Peak got today.
The acquisition of Icera in 2011 will go down as a bust for NVIDIA unless the company scores big with the possibility of a sale. On Tuesday, NVIDIA revealed that it would be halting operations of the Icera division that produces modems. The original acquisition of Icera was meant to integrate high-speed connectivity into Tegra processors. The Tegra 4i, launched in 2013, was the first processor from NVIDIA and Icera to have an integrated modem. Competition from Qualcomm and Intel has effectively pushed NVIDIA out of the business. Moving forward, the company will look to “parter with third-party modem suppliers” as it explores selling the entire division or its technology.
NVIDIA will report its first quarter earnings on Thursday.
Hit the break for the press release.
We know TAG Heuer is jumping into the smartwatch game, backed by Google and Intel, but we haven’t heard any concrete details about the watch just yet. Some new details have surfaced from Jean-Claude Biver of Swiss watch-making fame.
He didn’t divulge too much about the inner workings and specs of the watch, but he did give some insight into how much the watch will cost and how it’ll fare against Apple’s upcoming watch. Read more
TAG Heuer made it official today, after word leaked out yesterday, that they have entered into a partnership with Google and Intel to launch “a Swiss smartwatch” powered by Android Wear. According to the press release issued today as part of the Baselworld event,
“Swiss watchmaking and Silicon Valley is a marriage of technological innovation with watchmaking credibility. Our collaboration provides a rich host of synergies, forming a win-win partnership, and the potential for our three companies is enormous”