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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich introduced new smart devices based on Intel technology, including a watch, headset and earbuds that monitor heart rate, at Intel’s keynote address at the 2014 CES Monday night. DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg joined him onstage and previewed a clip from the studio’s upcoming Mr. Peabody & Sherman animated feature.
“We are in transition from a world of screens and devices to a world of immersive experiences,” Krzanich said.
The smart headset, which connects the wearer with a personal assistant named Jarvis, wirelessly interacts with a smartphone and responds to voice commands in a female voice, recalling the device worn by Joaquin Phoenix when communicating with the operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson in the film Her.
Krzanich also demonstrated a bowl that wirelessly charges devices when they’re placed inside it.
He also showed off a turtle-shaped baby monitor that affixes to an infant’s nightclothes and communicates with other enabled devices, such as a parent’s coffee cup, and displays a visual indicator of the baby’s vitals. The monitor is powered by Edison, a new Intel chip with built-in WiFi.
Kzranich unveiled a completely autonomous smart watch that needs no Bluetooth tether to a smartphone, answering a persistent criticism of the present generation of smartphones. He also announced partnerships with Barneys New York and the Council of Fashion Designers to develop smart clothing and a “make it wearable” smart clothing contest with a $500,000 first prize.
Katzenberg talked about the importance of technology to DWA’s films, acknowledging his company’s technology partnership with Intel.
“The average movie of ours today has a billion files,” Katzenberg pointed out. “To continue to raise the bar, tech is our friend and the paintbrush of our artists.”
Intel’s RealSense technology, which scans in 3D and converts images into files sent to a 3D printer, was demonstrated by scanning Intel’s former bunny mascot and printing one onstage. (Attendees were given bunnies printed in chocolate as they left the presentation.)
Kzranich also demonstrated a dual operating system that switches seamlessly from Windows to Android.
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