Intel has released a new developer kit called Joule. It’s a chip module that has all the latest up to date parts. It’s a foundation for developers to play with and develop all sorts of new technology. Joule was unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on August 16, 2016. The chip module has been shown to be specially useful because it has enhanced sensors powered by Intel’s RealSense technology. The 3D RealSense camera helps devices like drones and robots to take in and analyze data from their surroundings and become more intelligent, hence automation.
In the conference there was a demo of some industrial safety goggles made by wearable company Pivothead. The glasses were powered by Joule and the demo involved the volt verification of an aircraft. Without any wires or bluetooth or Wifi connections of any kind, the chip did its work all on its own. That was awesome. You know those glasses people show in spy movies that can identify everything about anything? We’re there now.
Joule is already powering some devices around the globe like a robot bartender made by VStone, the Japanese electronics manufacturer and a heads up display for highway police motorcycle helmets made by French company Eye-Lights. Microsoft is also using Joule for its own robot, Bamboo, that reminds kids with diabetes to check their blood sugar levels regularly.
The endgame of course is VR, AR and the Internet Of Things. All of these technologies are blossoming in the world today. With the success of Pokemon Go and the upcoming releases from PlayStation and Xbox as well as the buzz about Google’s new Fuchsia OS built specifically for the Internet of Things, Intel is smack dab in the middle of it all. It squandered the opportunity to lend its technology to the mobile revolution and doesn’t power any of the most commercially successful tablets or smartphones and still managed to stay afloat.
Brian Krzanich’s whole philosophy as CEO is to stop that from happening again. Intel’s products like Quark, Edison, Curie and Joule (all named after famous scientists and inventors) are part of a series specifically designed to power VR headsets and AR glasses that fit in nicely to the Internet of Things.
There are two dev kits to choose from in Joule. The first is the 550x which has a 1.5 GHz quadcore Atom T5500 processor with 3 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. Then there’s the 570x which has a 1.7 GHz quadcore Atome T5700 processor with burst speeds up to 2.4 GHz. It has 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. Both models have laptop class 802.11AC wireless with Intel Graphics and 4K display and capture support. Both chipboards are built on 64-bit architecture with DDR4 memory. They will support Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 3.0.
The Joule kit is already available for purchase on sites like Newegg and will be available in 100 more countries soon according to Intel. According to engadget, the 570x is selling for $369. According to PCWorld though, the 570x is available at the Intel Forum this week for $369.99. No word on the 550x yet.