IDF Research Day: Monitors and Mesh
Intel Labs rolls out "macro-convergence" and mesh networks to cap off its week-long IDF show.Intel Developer Forum had traditionally closed with sneak peeks into Intels research efforts. Were not talking a specific product area -- i.e., researching 90nm technology in order to build a CPU. Rather, Intel unveils research initiatives that are more far-flung. Some are clearly efforts to develop additional business opportunities, while others simply explore possibilities that might or might not lead to additional products. Pat Gelsinger, Intel VP and Chief Technology Officer delivered the keynote address that kicked off research day. Gelsingers general theme was the leap from what he called "microconvergence" to "macroconvergence". Microconvergence is simply a restatement of the overall theme of this IDF -- melding computing and communications. Macroconvergence is taking these technologies and applying them to real-world applications areas beyond those traditionally thought of as computing applications -- in other words, the convergence between disparate industries.
One key example of this is healthcare. One interesting demographic statistic, as noted in Mark Hachmans news piece on the keynote (http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,899835,00.asp), is that 30% of the population worldwide would be over 60 by the year 2050. However, hitting closer to home, another point made was that many baby boomers would be spending more money and time taking care of aging parents than they would spend putting their kids through college. By the same token, senior citizens want to avoid nursing homes and maintain their independence for as long as possible.