Highlights from the Intel Developer Forum 2014 – Day Three

We’re wrapping up our final day in scenic San Francisco at the 2014 Intel Developer Forum. It’s been a busy week, full of partnerships, innovation, and discovery, and we’re excited to see how our talented attendees transform these new insights into real-world applications in the weeks to come! For those who couldn’t join us onsite (and those who did, but are not yet ready to say goodbye), here’s our breakdown down of the week’s most electrifying moments:

Connected Wheelchair Makes the IoT Accessible

Intel introduced the Connected Wheelchair Proof of Concept with an assist from legendary physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking. Developed by interns as part of the Intel Collaborators program, the device is capable of monitoring a user’s health by collecting and displaying biometric data, and a complementary app supports mapping and rating the accessibility of the places they visit.

Data Center Customization Key Focus

The need for a data center customization to address the booming demands of connected devices has been a major theme of this year’s conference, with Diane Bryant speaking Wednesday morning on the need for a software-defined network solution.

New Products and Things to Come

Integrated Wi-Fi, 4GB of storage, 1GB of LPDDR3, a dual-core Silvermont Atom and Intel Quark, and support for Yocto Linux – the Edison boasts all this in a package the size of a standard postage stamp, and began shipping this week. Add to this the anticipation surrounding the ultra-mobile “Broadwell” Core M processor and the forthcoming Skylake architecture (expected early next year), and it’s been a huge week for fans of cutting edge technology.

The Technology Innovation Accelerated Awards Return

Winners of the Intel Technology Innovation Accelerated (TIA) Awards, which “recognize exceptional use of Intel technology,” were chosen from among a pool of 55 applications and awarded trophies earlier today. Join us in congratulating them all on their accomplishments!

In addition to our thoughts on the week, CBR has also compiled a list of their top five takeaways from IDF. What do you think? Did we miss any of your favorite moments? With what new technology are you most anxious to experiment? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter at @IntelITCenter, and join us again for IDF 2015!