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Research @ Intel 2012 in San Francisco

Basically a big grown-up science fair that would make your honor student look stupid. This is where Intel engineers get to stretch out a bit and show off their pet projects.

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Everything's a display

This resonated most with me: the idea of everything becoming a display and control surface. From the folding panel in the foreground to the entire wall in the background, whatever makes contextual and use-mode sense.

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Driving the wall

It was pretty home-brewed at this point, but the idea of a wall having a full array of images and touch points projected on it starts to connect the dots for the smart home we're still waiting for. I just don't know how we'll cost-effectively get big images on walls without projection we're always standing in the way of.

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Computers don't do fashion well

I've seen these real-time avatar demos before and they always make people cringe! Here you stand in front of cams and sensors and can try on different clothes, but the imaging has a long way to go...still.

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Um, no.

Our model should have quit while she was ahead -- and before some CPU swathed her in this horsey cheongsam.

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Charging is going to need big thinking

One of the most tangible parts of Intel research may be bringing intelligence and electrical efficiency to charging stations for EVs.

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I want this in a car now

This technology got my mental vote for "Most Ready to Hit the Market Successfully." This electromechanical beam-stuttering technology really made a big visible difference in the amount of light reflected back at the demo headlights. I could see carmakers getting serious about this, especially coupled with their existing night vision technologies.

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