55 Photos from the Intel IT Innovation Center in Folsom

While I was down in Folsom, the IT Innovation Center was pretty much my “home base” – Phil Tierney, the guy who manages the place, let me hang out and play with all of the cool toys, plus our IT@Intel Blogger meeting was held there, too. I had wanted to do a video tour of the center, Channel 9-style, but Phil’s schedule was busy, and it didn’t work out. Next time, for sure!

You can see all 55 of the photos I shot in this photoset on Flickr. Lots of cool things to see, but naturally, I gravitated to the several UMPCs that were in use in the various displays. I finally got to put my hands on the TabletKiosk eo7210 UMPC, and I was very impressed. It felt much smaller in my hands than my Asus R2H, though the dimensions show it’s not that much of a difference.

Here are some of my favorite photos of the set.

The “digital living room” has a very nice Media Center/Viiv PC setup with lots of cool toys (like video from a webcam that shows you who’s at the door when someone rings the doorbell). I didn’t get much time to play here – I was busy fondling the UMPCs and other gadgets. πŸ™‚

Here is a very interesting Intel vPro PC form factor – it’s kind of bent at an angle. Never seen one like that before. It had a very nice glossy black and white acryic (I assume) finish, and was actually quite cool to the touch (I expected it to be at least a little warm).

Here’s the “digital fridge” in the kitchen, with a PC and display embedded in the front door. it appeared to be running Windows Media Center, though I admit I didn’t play much with it. There are lots of cool possibilities once your fridge is a PC and has internet access. Log on to it from the store on your cell phone and see what you’re out of! πŸ™‚ More photos of the fridge, and other cool gadgets in the kitchen (including a Roku Soundbridge and an LCD TV with D-Link HD Media Player) in the Flickr set.

I really love this little NEC Tablet PC. It’s SO thin and light! Talk about the perfect form factor. I’d take one of these over a UMPC-sized device in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, this unit was dead – Phil said the NEC guys looked at it, and couldn’t bring it back. Bummer. πŸ™ You can’t buy these in the U.S., and they’re spendy on eBay (not to mention a little underpowered, compared to today’s tablets). But dang if I don’t really, really want one. πŸ˜‰

I took quite a few shots of this TabletKiosk eo7210 UMPC. Almost a full “hardware review” worth. I really like the design and feel of the device – possibly the best out of the UMPCs I’ve used so far. Feature-wise, it’s akin to my Asus R2H, but it doesn’t have integrated GPS (it does have a 60GB hard drive, integrated webcam, and SD slot). It also uses a Pentium M 1.0 GHz processor, which, in addition to being more powerful than the Celeron 900MHz CPU in my Asus and in the Samsung Q1, the Pentium M can “SpeedStep” to slow down the CPU to, say, 600 or 200MHz, depending on the load and demand on the system. This saves battery, and reduces heat. Nice feature. Now that I’ve had some time with the Asus, Samsung, and TabletKiosk UMPCs, I’ll have to write up a comparison post, with my opinion on each. Someday. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, check out the rest of the photos. Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions. πŸ™‚


3 thoughts on “55 Photos from the Intel IT Innovation Center in Folsom

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  2. Jelpy says:

    Such smart fridge is totally and utmostly ludicrous!!!

    The most ludicrous device I’ve seen in almost 30 years in the computing field!!!

    Firstly a design mistake: the screen appears to be located well to low: maybe fine for junior, but mom and dad’s size is different, you don’t wanna surf for minutes bending over to view the screen straight!!!

    Then WHO wants to stand in their kitchen in front of their fridge for 15 minutes or more just to locate the lowest price on butter, find a nice recipe with the ingredients they currently have in their fridge, and then order milk coz their supply just ran out???

    And WHO wants to spend an extra $1,000 to have a complete PC with a touch screen on their fridge door just to surf a few minutes a day????

    AT MOST, I might be interested to have an RFID captor in my fridge that could transmit data (BT or Wifi) to my main computer; telling me I should eat this or that soon becase the peremption date is nearing or make a list of things to buy when supply levels go below some set limits. I still could connect to my main PC from any store to know that kind of information.

    My main PC (or a satellite PC like a UMPC linked to it by wifi) is where I’d like to be for all those things, NOT standing for long minutes in front of my fridge.

    But of course 1) EVERYTHING I buy and put in this fridge would HAVE to have RFID tags. and 2) if I live in an aparment building, I better put my fridge far away from ALL of my neighbors’ in the nearing apartments coz I don’t want my fridge telling me I have enough champagne in it so I don’t have to buy some coz my boss is coming for diner tonight; while my fridge scanned my neighbor’s bottle instead!!!!

    AND that’s without counting the numerous privacy concerns surrounding RFID tags!!!! But that’s another story altogether.

    So putting a complete PC in a fridge is as ludicrous as wanting to kill a fly with a nuclear bomb!!!

  3. Jelpy says:

    The only reason I see to put a PC in a fridge would be to cool the cool the hell-hot Intel CPU down 😈 !!

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