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February 10, 2016

The Intel of Things: Company Plays Up the Small and the Smart

(Anne L. Kim/CQ Roll Call)

(Anne L. Kim/Technocrat)

Intel brought a showcase of sorts to Washington on Thursday to display technologies that are around today and what could be in the future. With the “Internet of Things” receiving a lot of attention recently from the Pew Research Center and elsewhere, Technocrat was curious to see what Intel might have on hand with connected devices.

The company has been making moves in wearable devices and one item on display was its Edison microcomputer, which the company sees as enabling wearables.

Also on hand was the Basis health tracker. Intel recently bought the company.


(Anne L. Kim/Technocrat)

“We wanted to demonstrate how technology plays a role in impacting peoples lives and how Intel plays a role in that technology,” Lisa Malloy, the company’s director of policy communications said.

And in D.C., “we talk a lot about technology with policy makers,” but don’t get an chance to offer a “hands-on experience,” she said.

(Anne L. Kim/Technocrat)

(Anne L. Kim/Technocrat)

Also among the displays: a demonstration of what a driving experience in the future might look like. Here’s one aspect of the demonstration that Richard Libby, technical evangelist at Intel Labs gave: Say the driver was approaching a school bus — the car could alert the driver that the bus was ahead before a driver could see it.

(Tom Curry of CQ Roll Call’s transportation blog, The Container, saw similar technology at a different showcase earlier this week.)

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