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Pat Gelsinger embeds himself in the Internet

Pat Gelsinger embeds himself in the Internet

Intel sees the next evolution of the Internet as one that's embedded. 15 billion connected devices by 2015, reckons Pat Gelsinger.

Pat Gelsinger told attendees of his keynote that the next evolution of the Internet is embedded and he predicts there will be more than 15 billion connected devices by 2015.

Gelsinger described it as a process that would “put the more into Moore’s Law,” and outlined new concepts and architectures required to create the fourth wave of the Internet.

Intel believes the embedded Internet device market could be worth more than $10 billion by 2011, and so there’s understandably quite a big push behind the idea.

This concept goes well beyond the idea of Mobile Internet Devices and Netbooks – things like Internet-enabled security, video intelligence, medical, home automation and automobiles were some of the examples cited during the keynote. Gelsinger believes that all of these examples will “greatly benefit” from the always connected mantra that Intel is outlining here.

He showed an Internet-enabled motorcycle, along with a prototype BMW convertible that came complete with WiMAX video streaming, GPS systems hooked up to the Encyclopaedia Britannica to enable virtual tour guides and other multimedia ideas, including weather and traffic information.

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Safety seems to be secondary at the moment, because all of these gizmos are cool – I’m not sure I agree. Things like real-time weather and traffic information could be incredibly useful, but I’d rather have something a little less visual—and potentially distracting—in front of me when I’m driving around.

More convincing ideas included an Internet-enabled security system that used voice and facial recognition to determine whether or not someone was allowed to open a door, and I see some big opportunities in the ‘home phone’ market too. Having phonebooks, takeaway menus and more stored in The Cloud would be fantastic.

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Being able to access these from your home phone, mobile and personal computer would be incredibly powerful—and more importantly, useful—to me. I often find myself using my mobile for the convenience these days, even when using a landline phone would be cheaper, as I don’t remember anybody’s phone number – mainly because I don’t have to, thanks to that great thing called an electronic address book.

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Arkanrais 20th August 2008, 20:58 Quote
home security internets? sh*t! more complicated stuff = more to go wrong.
motorcycle internet. bad idea. just use a smartphone hooked up to a headset for audio reports on traffic/weather so you keep your eyes on the road, not on the freaking weather girl.
same with cars. they're for driving, not an entertainment center. I do see the point though with GPS and directions, not watching youtube while doing 100Km/h [60mph] down a highway. they would however, be useful for keeping the kids entertained, though I'm sure a DS or PSP could do that easily [and cheaply] enough (the latter being able to watch movies on and the little buggers can't fight over which if they've got their own).
I'm sure it'll cost you an arm and a leg for the service(s) though, and that will just be the monthly bills.
DXR_13KE 20th August 2008, 23:53 Quote
internet on a motorcycle?
ParaHelix.org 21st August 2008, 19:16 Quote
I read the article title and expected to see some guy sat in a Matrix chair with pins in his head...connected to a router.
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