Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is set to deliver the pre-show keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time. Refresh this page to see live updates.
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- “6:27 p.m. Several thousand CES attendees have gathered to listen to Krzanich open the CES show, which opens tomorrow. Intel earlier today announced a line of 3-D software and hardware called RealSense, which aims to promote the use of voice, touch, gestures and other “human-like senses” in devices powered by Intel processors. The first product will be a 3-D camera that will be embedded in notebooks, tablets and other devices from manufacturers including Dell, Lenovo and Acer later this year. Krzanich will likely offer more demos of RealSense and talk about how the technology may change the way we interact with machines.
- 6:31: And it begins….with a CES video talking about how the show is a “pilgrimage sight for those who thrive on teh business of consumer technology.”
- Gary Shapiro, president of the CEA, goes through the roster of other speakers set to address the CES audience in the days head, including Cisco CEO John Chambers and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
- 6:36: Krzanich takes the stage and opens with an Intel video — basically an ad for ofthe company’s Tri-Gate transistor — “the most powerful thing we have ever created.”
- “Tonight we’re going to explore the world” made possible by Tri-gate, which is ushering in a new era of technology. Says he’s going to give an advance preview of products that will be released this year. “Is there any better place to show off something new than opening night at CES?”
- Says he’s going to show how technology is transforming how we live, how we work and how we play.
- First up, wearables. “What’s holding back wearables in this marketplace?…They don’t integrate all the features you want. You still have to have something else with it. And you’re not solving the real problems that people want solved at the time….So then we asked: How do we fix that? Then we came up with a simple answer: Make everything smart.”
- 6:43: Krzanich says as a runner, he appreciates the need to know your heart rate, your pace. “But what I found was that you had to have multiple devices and it was complex.” Intel’s answer, he says, are smart earbuds that integrates with an app on her phone. The app also shows pace, distance and heart rate — the sensors for measuring heart rate are built into the earbuds. The earbuds are powered off the jack on your phone. He says this replaces the need for wearing a heart monitor in the form of a strap across your chest.
- Now up is a smart headset with a personal assistant nicknamed Jarvis. The headset can interact with a smartphone without requiring you hold the device. Voice assistant checks against your calendar to see if making a reservation conflicts with a business meeting.
- One other issues with wearables: “As you get more types of wearables, how do you charge them all?” So Intel has a smart charging bowl, whic his literally a bowl. You can drop multiple devices into the bowl and they instantly start to charge.