Friday, August 28, 2015

Intel's next frontier: Powering robots

"The robotics industry is on the brink of transformation," said Krzanich. 

Intel missed the mobile revolution, even though it saw it coming. ARM-based chips now power virtually all of the smartphones on the planet--and most of the tablets, too. After years of fighting to get a foothold in mobile, Intel is now seemingly looking past it. The company is placing its bets on the future of IoT and robots. 

IoT is going to be a tough sell because the same things that caused Intel to lose in mobile--its chips are too expensive and too power-hungry--are even more of an issue in the IoT world, where devices are often even smaller, more energy-conscious, and more price-sensitive.

However, when it comes to robots, Intel may have a fighting chance. What robots demand is raw computing power, and that's where Intel shines. Robots are also larger, more expensive, and already demand lots of power, so none of ARM's advantages over Intel chips come into play.

The other thing that Intel has going for it in robots is that it's making investments into sensors like its RealSense cameras, which are already showing up in real world products, from the Lenovo Yoga 15 and the Savioke Relay robot that's being used as a delivery assistant in hotels. 

Krzanich said, "We want our devices to behave more like humans."

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