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Beyond Fireworks: The Next Generation of Drone Light Shows

 
April 16th, 2018 by intel

At Intel, Drones Reimagine Fireworks and Reinvent Light Shows

Anil NanduriBy Anil Nanduri

For the last 1,400 years, fireworks were predominantly the only way audiences could experience a light show in the sky. Now, in the 21st century, welcome to the next generation of light shows, thanks to Intel drone light show technology.

From performances on one of the largest international stages – the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 where Intel achieved a new Guinness World Records title for the opening ceremony flight – to lighting the Las Vegas Strip and performing with the Fountains of Bellagio, and most recently at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Intel has been thrilling crowds and making headlines with our drone light shows.

Press Kit: Drones at Intel

It is believed that fireworks date back to the seventh century, when the people of China first used them to accompany festivities. While fireworks amaze the young and old alike, there are pollution and safety concerns, with many cities banning shows due to the concerns. Additionally, the sound of traditional fireworks is known to upset farm animals, family pets and young children.

Technology courtesy of drone light shows provides an opportunity to experience the night sky in different ways. Think of drone light shows as modern-day fireworks that are green, reusable and more precise, providing programmable control for a new generation of aerial artisans and technicians. And they include innovations that effectively address many of the issues associated with traditional fireworks shows.

Let me outline the opportunity of this technology, the history of these light shows and how Intel envisions leveraging this technology in the future.

intel Drone Light Show

The Idea

A few years ago, Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, asked the team if we could use drones to draw Intel’s logo above our headquarters. As part of the New Technology Group at Intel, our organization’s charter is to test and incubate new technologies, and we tested the technology with 100 drones controlled by a single pilot.

We worked to understand the mechanics of operating a show – from logistics and animations to safety protocols and airspace regulations. Our findings led to development of a sustainable business model. In less than a year, a handful of our talented engineers had purpose-built new hardware and software – the Intel® Shooting Star™ system for drone light shows – leading us to multiple world records and a collaboration with a major theme park for a winter holiday show.

Since then, our light shows have flown in more than 10 countries at major events: from a performance for a Super Bowl halftime show, the home entertainment release of “Wonder Woman,” Singapore’s National Day parade, most recently during headlining electronic duo ODESZA’s set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and more.

The Future

The sky is a blank canvas for creating new experiences with drone light shows, including Intel branding and awareness. Both Intel and our strategic partners have benefitted from the media attention and awards generated by our shows. We look forward to seeing these experiences in locations across the world from sporting events, theme parks, celebrations and more.

The technology employed in our drone light shows can be applied to other applications, including search and rescue where multiple drones can look for a lost hiker, or commercial applications for large infrastructure inspections that reduce inspection time and improve efficiency.

As we look forward, the notion of flying lights and being able to use drones indoors – including in stadiums and theaters where GPS signals for positioning are not available – led us to develop new capabilities to fly drone swarms inside. At CES this year, during Krzanich’s opening keynote, we demonstrated synchronized flight indoors with the newly designed Intel® Shooting Star™ Mini system1, creating a new world record with 110 drones flying simultaneously.

At Intel, we will continue to push the boundaries of drone technology, accelerating the adoption of commercial drone use and proliferating this new, innovative form of entertainment. We are committed to bringing drone innovations to market in a safe, responsible and scalable way. We are thankful for the regulatory agencies, ecosystem partners, customers and everyone involved that helped make this a reality.

One day in the future, we will look back at history and see how drone light shows transformed the way we look at the night sky.

Anil Nanduri is vice president of the New Technology Group and general manager of Unmanned Aviation Systems at Intel Corporation.

1Notice: This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

Autonomous Driving – Hands on the Wheel or No Wheel at All

 
April 11th, 2018 by intel

Intel Explainer: 6 Levels of Autonomous Driving

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Vehicles on the road today are getting smarter, safer and more capable. But even the newest vehicles vary widely in their advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which aim to enhance safety and make driving more comfortable. Add to that the global race to fully self-driving vehicles, which will take the driver out of the equation completely.

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Vehicles can be categorized according to the ADAS features they offer, and the Society of Automotive Engineers defines six levels of automotive automation, explained here.

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Intel Creates Neuromorphic Research Community to Advance ‘Loihi’ Test Chip

 
March 1st, 2018 by intel

Members will Receive Resources for Exploring Neuromorphic Computing Use Cases

By Dr. Michael Mayberry

This week, we hosted the Neuro Inspired Computational Elements (NICE) workshop at our Oregon campus with the goal of bringing together researchers from different scientific disciplines to discuss and explore the development of next-generation computing architectures, including neuromorphic computing. Today at the workshop, we provided an update on Intel’s neuromorphic research and announced a collaborative research initiative to encourage experimentation with our Loihi neuromorphic test chip.

Here’s a status of our neuromorphic computing efforts and details on this new research community.

Where We Are

Fabrication and packaging of our Loihi test chip was completed in early November, and we began power-on and validation. We were pleased to find 100 percent functionality, a wide operating margin and few bugs overall. Our small-scale demonstrations that we had prepared on our emulator worked as expected on the real silicon, though, of course, running orders of magnitude faster. Our equivalent of a “Hello World” application is recognizing a 3-D object from multiple viewing angles, structured after the COIL-20 example from Columbia University. As measured at our lab, this particular application uses less than 1 percent of Loihi, learns the training set in seconds and consumes tens of milliwatts.

We shared Loihi architectural details in a paper that IEEE Micro recently published, and we presented those details and several demos to NICE workshop attendees this week.

We have delivered the first developer systems to select research collaborators who are working on a variety of applications including sensing, motor control, information processing and more. Software development tools remain one of our focus areas, and we’re looking forward to running much larger scale applications in conjunction with research collaborators. As we learn more together, we expect progress to accelerate, and that’s where today’s announcement comes in.

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CES Panel: Autonomous Vehicles in the Cities of Tomorrow

 
January 18th, 2018 by Sanjay Gangal

Where do autonomous vehicles stand today and when will they be ready?  How will they operate in connected cities and will consumers be ready to use them? Listen to this panel of experts working on autonomy share their perspectives on the current and future state of self-driving technology.

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CES 2018 Press Conference: Qualcomm – Inventing the Path to 5G

 
January 17th, 2018 by Sanjay Gangal

Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon is at CES to showcase the company’s latest inventions that are leading the world to 5G in industries from IoT to automotive.

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Median Income of Electrotechnology, IT Professionals Rises to $130,000 for Largest Gain in Past Five Years

 
November 17th, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: IEEE

Median income for electrotechnology and information technology professionals jumped by more than 4 percent in 2014, the largest increase in the past five years, according to the 2015 IEEE-USASalary & Benefits Survey.

Median incomes from primary sources — salary, commissions, bonuses and net self-employment income — for U.S. IEEE members working full-time in their primary area of technical competence (job specialty) rose from $124,700 in the 2013 tax year to $130,000 in 2014.

The 4.25 percent increase comes a year after median income rose by its small percentage over the past five years, .56 percent.

The results are based on survey responses from 10,215 people. Here are median incomes since 2009:

Tax Year Median Income % Increase
2009 $113,500
2010 $118,000 3.96
2011 $119,950 1.65
2012 $124,000 3.37
2013 $124,700 0.56
2014 $130,000 4.25

Those employed in communications technology once again enjoyed the highest median earnings ($150,000), followed by circuits and devices ($143,008) and signals and applications ($141,062).

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Asymptotic or Divergent: Three Verification Managers Look to the Future at DAC

 
May 5th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal

What would the Design Automation Conference (DAC) be without a verification panel or two? This year, one in particular takes a look at a variety of verification technologies. Titled, “The Asymptote of Verification,” it will be moderated by Bryon Moyer of EE Journal and held Monday, June 2, from 5:15 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the Pavilion (Booth #313) on the exhibit floor.

Proposed and organized by Graham Bell of Real Intent, users make up the panel and include Brian Hunter of Cavium, Holger Busch at Infineon Technologies and Bill Steinmetz from NVIDIA. Special thanks go to Breker, OneSpin and Real Intent for securing these three experts who will share their real-world experiences with formal verification, static RTL analysis, and graph-based verification. Oh yes, they are users of Breker, OneSpin and Real Intent tools.

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The Dell Precision M2800 Mobile Workstation is Available to Help Inspire Innovation for Design Professionals and Students

 
May 1st, 2014 by Andy Rhodes

The evolution of digital content creation has unleashed the productivity of engineers, designers, creative professionals and students everywhere, but it has also set corresponding expectations incredibly high for that productivity as well, making it crucial for those individuals to use the proper tools to help their visions to come to life. Professional and aspiring engineers and designers cannot do their job these days without specialized applications for 3D modeling, digital content creation, and computer aided engineering and design such as Adobe Creative Cloud and AutoCAD. The problem is, for some, they’re being forced to run these applications on notebooks or desktops that don’t have enough power to generate the performance they need because they can’t afford a traditional workstation.

Dell Precision M2800

Dell Precision M2800

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Intel Engineer Reimagines Earbuds for Smartphones

 
April 18th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal

 Article source: Intel Free Press

Engineer Indira Negi worked on the design of Intel smart earbuds

Indira Negi brings passion for running, biometric experience and maker skills to development of Intel smart earbuds.

When she literally jogged on-stage to join Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in his opening keynote at International CES in Las Vegas, engineer Indira Negi was there to demonstrate the Intel smart earbuds that she and her team had developed, but the “smart” design she showed off also helped solve an issue the avid runner had personally encountered.

Indira Negi at CES with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich demo Intel smart earbuds

“I am a runner — I get hives from the sun, I have to run with gloves on,” said Negi about running with a smartphone. “That means when there is a bad song, I have to take out my phone, take off my gloves, unlock my phone and change the song.”

Starting from solving a problem that she knew all too well, Negi, a sensors systems engineer in the Intel New Devices Group, and a team set out to create a device and software that would monitor heart rate and adjust music playback based on sensor feedback. The result was the Intel smart earbuds reference design, developed in collaboration with Valencell.

Negi’s study of bioelectronics and biosensors in graduate school — she earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State — lent her a keen appreciation of the value of biometric monitoring.

One project she worked on while at ASU measured stress levels in saliva using specially treated paper. When you are working out, you are stressing your body in a positive way, explained Negi. If you work out too hard, this becomes negative stress, which can increase the chances of getting injured. She also worked on molecular imprinted polymers while at ASU coated with biochemical sensors that reacted only to specific molecules.

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Will Verification Allow Time for Design?

 
December 2nd, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: TVS

Design engineers are increasingly spending their time on verification. Research suggests that it is now more than 50% of their time and, according to Harry Foster of Mentor Graphics in his lighter moments, if we continue the current linear trend then it will reach 100% by 2030! So why is verification so demanding? It seems that IP reuse has enabled designers to create larger, more complex designs to keep pace with our manufacturing capability but our verification productivity has not kept pace.

Looking to tools for productivity gains, EDAC (the EDA Consortium) reported that the overall EDA verification market grew by 38% from 2010 to 2012 with emulation up by 94%. But, as Mark Olen of Mentor pointed out “if Henry Ford had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”. So innovation is also required and Chris Brown of Broadcom set EDA companies the challenge of “collaborative competition” through standards. For example, UCIS has enabled TVS to build an innovative requirements sign off tool (asureSign) by reading verification data from multiple tools.

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