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Intel also announced a handful of products integrating its RealSense technology including a $399 Project Aero board for building a self-navigating drone. Intel Euclid is a module the size of a candy bar for adding depth sensing, wireless communications and a quad-core Atom processor to a robot.

Intel is installing in stadiums around the country a variation of its RealSense technology for creating 360-degree, 3D spaces, Krzanich said. Users will be able to “don a VR helmet and watch a game from anywhere in stadium…you become the director of your experience,” he said.

The x86 giant is also building a studio in Los Angeles to see how such 3D spaces can be used in content production. “The whole industry of film could change as a result of this technology,” he said.

Tying the work back to Intel’s microprocessor business, he demonstrated a PC using one of Intel’s next-generation CPUs editing a 4K video in real time, thanks in part to hardware acceleration of the HEVC video codec. “A powerful microprocessor remains an essential engine and we haven’t finished pushing the boundaries of what can do,” he said, noting the chips are already shipping to PC makers.

In other news, Intel released software to handle pattern matching on its Quark-based Curie modules. It also announced Joule, an integrated quad-core module for robotics and other uses.

 
Jeffrey Immelt GE's chief executive Jeffrey Immelt appeared briefly on stage with Krzanich to talk about work with Intel on the industrial IoT. Image: EE Times.