CES 2016: Intel Brings More Power To Compute Stick

Written by Martin Kovacs     08/01/2016 | 11:22 | Category: CES

Intel has upgraded its Compute Stick, unveiling new models decked out with its 6th gen Intel Core M and quad-core Intel Atom processors at CES 2016.

CES 2016: Intel Brings More Power To Compute StickHaving introduced the Compute Stick at last year's CES, Intel has this year bumped up the power on the device that transforms any HDMI TV or display into a computer.

Intel, which describes the Compute Stick as "about the size of a pack of gum", states its next-gen devices improve "upon the first generation in processing and graphics performance, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and additional USB ports".

The key features of the Intel Core M processor models are:

- SKU option with Intel Core m5 - 6Y57 vPro processor
- SKU option with Intel Core m3 - 6Y30 processor
- SKU option with pre-installed Windows 10
- 64 GB eMMC storage, 4 GB onboard RAM
- Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7265 and Bluetooth 4.1
- Three USB ports

The key features of the Intel Atom model are:

- Intel Atom x5 - Z8300 quad-core processor
- SKU option with preinstalled Windows 10
- 32 GB eMMC storage, 2 GB onboard RAM
- Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7265 and Bluetooth 4.0 with 2x2 antennas
- Two USB ports

Intel states that both devices will be available in the 2016 first quarter.

- RealSense

Intel has also been using CES 2016 to showcase new devices enabled by its Intel RealSense technology, integrating human-like senses into technology.

Intel states its new Intel RealSense Camera R200 is designed for 2-in-1s and tablets, enabling experiences "like 3D scanning for social sharing or 3D printing, scanning people and objects to be placed in games, and enhanced video and photography".

"The Intel RealSense Camera R200 is capable of capturing VGA-resolution depth information at 60 frames per second," Sanjay Vora, Intel Client Computing Group vice president and User Experiences general manager, explains via a blog post.

"The camera uses dual-infrared imagers to calculate depth using stereoscopic techniques, similar to how the human eyes sense depth perception. By leveraging infrared technology, the camera provides reliable depth information even in darker areas and shadows as well as when capturing flat or texture-less surfaces."

By way of example of the camera's applications, Vora states an immersive shopping experience from Intel and Zappos was unveiled at CES 2016.

Initially a beta release, Intel and Zappos will host pop-up shops and events, with beta testers to be able to capture their body shape and measurements using a device with the RealSense Camera R200, transformed into an Intel RealSense Model, with testers able to virtually try on multiple sizes and styles on their model and understand how they would fit them.