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Intel CEO explains Real Sense tech and Intel's new diversity pushAt CES, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off the company's Real Sense capabilities with a game of drone ping-pong. He also announced a new program to promote diversity within the company. CNET News Editor in Chief Connie Guglielmo sat down with him...
[MUSIC] Our simple view is, if it's smart and it's connected, we want to make it run best on Intel. And that means, as everything becomes smart and connected, so from the internet of things, all the way through servers. As they become smart and connected we want to be a part of that, we want to drive that technology. Now, what we do is we, we develop core capabilities. So like RealSense, right? Which started on a PC. Or our, our CPU capability, it starts on the PC. And then we're able to fan it out and use it across, and that's what I tried to show last night, is that real sense that same module could be used from a drone, to a futuristic PC, and it could be across that spectrum. So Intel not spreading itself too thin then? There have been critics who've said that. Yeah, I don't think we're spreading ourselves too thin, in fact I think we can drive even broader with using that same core technology approach. Maybe you could just spend a minute and tell the people who don't know what [UNKNOWN] is, what it is and what it means to them. So, RealSense is, is basically a set of cameras that, that include the ability through, infrared and other depth-sensing capabilities, to see everything with a depth perception. So not only could I see you. But I can get a good measure of how far away you are and what's behind you. And I'm basically breaking up the world in very thin layers. That's what it does is it takes all of those thin layers and it puts it into an image. And it, it allows us to, to do a lot of things around what, what you do with, yeah. Now that I know, I can change focus. I could measure distances and prevent myself from running into you. I could do all kinds of things with that. still remains a big area of focus. We had, you had Oakley on stage yesterday so talk about where you think you are in the wearables [UNKNOWN] Our job is to create silicone and technologies that are partners can go, then go and create and innovate with. And that's what you see. You know, you don't see a lot of products from Intel. You see a lot of products powered by Intel in the wearable space. And so what I wanna do is go get great partners, who, who innovate, and innovate differently than Intel. Like, opening ceremony. The Mika bracelet is something that's truly beautiful. Women tell me they wanna wear it whether it's on or off, right? That's the wearable you want to have. It's something you want to wear, and it has this functionality to it. And that's what we're going to create. So that's why we've taken par, partners like Opening Ceremony and Oakley and Fossil. These people bring that, that capability to us. So tell us what we're looking at. So, this is a product we announced last night which was Curry. And we put it in a button just to really be a form factor to just show people what they, how they could innovate and how they could create. But, but it's really much smaller. And it, we can make it in almost any form factor and, and the idea here is, again, let our, give this to our partners. Let them go invent. Let them go create with this. And let's see what they do. I wanna switch tack and talk about another big announcement you made yesterday, that had to do with diversity. We took diversity from a project at HR or, or some other part of the organization owns, to saying, proving our diversity, proving our representation of women and minorities, is part of our, doing business. And, and so like bringing a product to market, so like bringing a new technology to the marketplace. Fixing the diversity issues, bringing inclusion into the workplace, we're treating it just like on of those. In which case, then you set goals, you tell publicly what you're going to do, you invest in that technology, or that problem set. And you set managers pay to their performance of that. It's how we solve problems and we just decided to solve this as a problem that we would do. We are gonna put the smartest brains that we have on this problem. We're gonna be inclusive on how we go about this problem, right. Which is not just us. You, you saw the Reverend Jackson at our, our speech last night. We've got a lot of allies to help us to solve. [INAUDIBLE] Is Satya Nadella, the chair of Microsoft one of your allies? Have you had a discussion with him about it? I actually have had a d, discussion with Satya. And, and he's a hundred percent behind this, yes. Well, it was a big year for Microsoft. In the first [INAUDIBLE] [LAUGH]? I think, you know, one of the luxuries of having a job like this is that you can, you can have some level of personal agendas and. And absolutely, I have two teenage daughters. I want the world to be different for them. I want them to have an absolute equal chance. It's all about, you know, your opportunities and chance. I, I've had great opportunities and, and great chances, so to speak in my career. And, and I want them to have that same list of, of chances at least. And then they'll make of it what they want. [MUSIC]