Intel Labs Goes Back to the Future


Intel Labs opened its doors to media and analysts today on the 10th
anniversary of Research
at Intel
. Justin
, Intel Corporation chief technology officer, unveiled a
“Facets of Future Life” showcase that featured more than 20 innovative
research projects underway that will help transform the future of

Rattner also announced the seventh Intel
Science Technology Center (ISTC)
focused on social computing and
Intel’s first university collaboration to focus specifically on user
experience design.

Intel’s ISTC-Social is hosted at University of California, Irvine, and
includes partnerships with research groups at Cornell, Georgia Tech,
Indiana University and NYU. The center represents the next $15 million
installment that completes Intel’s initial 5-year, $100 million ISTC
program, first announced in January 2011. As with the other six ISTCs —
covering big data, cloud computing, embedded computing, visual
computing, secure computing and pervasive computing — the new social
computing center is designed to foster tighter collaboration between
Intel and academia. The center aims to create a new paradigm for
computing and productive new research by a community of social
scientists and technologists.

“Complementing Intel’s acknowledged leadership in experience-driven
innovation we have formed a multidisciplinary community of Intel,
faculty and graduate student researchers from diverse fields to bridge
the gap between technical and social disciplines to better advance each
others’ work,” Rattner
said. “This experience-driven approach can also be seen in technologies
from across Intel Labs demonstrated here today, as well as our wildly
successful inventions of the past. Past Intel Labs research has resulted
in tangible products that impact our daily lives and our research today
will enrich our future lives.”

ISTC-Social will focus its research on exploring information technology
and digital media as social and cultural phenomena. Referred to in
academic circles as “the third wave” of social computing, people’s
digital and social lives will become more and more intertwined over
time, providing opportunities for innovation in areas such as how they
relate to each other through data and how groups can utilize digital
tools to engage with others to make changes in the world. ISTC-Social
seeks to stand at the forefront of how people use massively networked,
mobile and cloud computing to realize new opportunities for progress.

“Facets of Future Life” Showcase

Demonstrations at the Research
at Intel
event are housed in four interactive zones connected by a
cross-disciplinary “Sustainable Living Center” that explores the smart
city, home and office of the future. The zones feature:

My Life: Gesture-driven and energy-conscious technologies to
enhance and transform home living include in-home sensors that allow
people to imagine a context-aware, worry-free and protected experience
where keys no longer exist; updates to the “Magic Mirror” virtual
dressing room technology incorporating 3-D human avatars that accurately
map body shape and move realistically; and, technology that allows users
to display and interact with media content on arbitrary surfaces such as
a wall or counter in the home.

My Car: Innovations explore the connections among people, the
highway and the information superhighway to enhance the driving
experience. One demonstration showcases a prototype headlight system
that would allow drivers to see through the rain. Utilizing software and
Intel® architecture for imaging, illumination and computations, it
avoids illuminating rain drops.

My Job: Enhanced meetings, dependable cloud services and visual
analytics promise to transform the way we work. Demos include a Smart
Meeting Assistant that combines and tunes several technologies to create
a real-time transcription, captioning and translation experience for
group meetings; three visualization demonstrations tackling “Big Data”
challenges using data visualization and optimization algorithms to help
identify important patterns and relationships to encourage exploration,
knowledge discovery and support decision making.

Tech Essentials: Foundational innovations that will shape future
devices and websites, and serve as the portals to future technology
experiences, the zone features a host of technologies running the gamut
from work from the visual computing ISTC developing core technologies
that will enable high-fidelity, scalable, real-time, virtual characters
that exhibit realistic behavior; 3-D browsing experiences built on
“River Trail” technology; novel techniques to protect the privacy of
user data in the cloud using a facial recognition application to
authenticate users; and an intelligent video server that can stream
video to several client devices simultaneously while tailoring the
stream for the type of device people are using.

Sustainable Living: Technologies and services that will give
people, service providers, authorities and devices the ability to
seamlessly interact in a trusted environment. Intel Labs has developed a
variety of novel sensors, software aggregators, actuators and interfaces
that when combined can respond to these challenges. On display are
technologies that manage and control energy usage in the home, create
smart office buildings with localized control, as well as Intel-created
sensors that help with traffic congestion, water and air quality, and
even electric charging station infrastructure.

10th Anniversary Research to Reality Hall
of Fame

For over 2 decades, researchers at Intel’s RD Labs have been producing
groundbreaking technologies that enrich everyday life and reinvent the
ways that people experience computing. In 2001, Intel founded the
organization that is today known as Intel Labs and in 2003 it hosted the
first Research
at Intel
event to showcase the diversity of ongoing research
projects from around the globe. Research at Intel 2012 marks the event’s
10th anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion Intel Labs
built a digital display to celebrate 10
imagined and invented by Intel Labs researchers that
eventually became or were built into Intel products. These technologies,
including the ThunderboltTM,
processor, Intel®
Wireless Display
and more, created entirely new or helped
dramatically enhance the user experiences and capabilities of computing

Intel (INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The
company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the
foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information
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