The annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) is currently underway in San Francisco.

Following hot on the heels of the release of Skylake we, like most, were excited to see what PC chips the blue giant had in store. Instead, we got something very, very different from Intel.

Among the furore surrounding the announcement of the RealSense technologies, which we’ll get to in a minute, Intel announced a new reality TV show.

Yes you read correctly, a reality TV show.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Mark Burnett, famous for producing the show Survivor, took to the stage to announce their plans to develop a television series tentatively titled, “America’s Greatest Makers”. The show will see makers compete for a $1 million prize and is slated to start sometime in 2016.

The new baby from Intel is RealSense. The announcement of the visual and audio sensory technologies was made with thanks to Savioke who has developed a robot that uses RealSense to make deliveries to hotel rooms. Mr. Krzanich also treated (scared may be a more appropriate word) attendees at the forum to an army of robotic spiders equipped with RealSense, dancing alongside humans which you view below.


Continuing on the trend of makers, Intel announced Curie which is a Quark processor with Bluetooth functionality packaged into a module the size of a button. In a demonstration with a stunt rider, Mr. Krzanich showed how the tiny Internet of Things module could be used to track and improve an athletes performance through data collected on a computer paired with the module.

Finally with all the incidents of cars being hacked dominating headlines in the United States, an announcement about increasing security through hardware was made. Intel will collaborate with Microchip Technology Inc. and Atmel Corp to support Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) which will hopefully see less incidents of IOT modules being controlled by people with less than admirable intentions. The hope is that security within the hardware provides more protection than current software.

From what we’ve seen so far Intel has become heavily invested in the maker space. The announcement of all these great technologies aimed at the maker community comes as a welcome change from the usual list of processor chips that only the elite among us can afford.

[Via – Wall Street Journal] [Image CC – Thomas Hawk]