App Show 34: Live from Day 3 of IDF 2012 Recap

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In this episode of the Intel App Show for Developers, we hear from hosts Bob Duffy and Rhonda Peters at IDF 2012 in San Francisco. In this episode, they discuss the Day 3 keynote, multiple demos, and show off one of the apps built by an Ultimate Coder Challenge competitor.

Day 3 Keynote

The keynote for Day 3 of IDF 2012 was given by Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner. In this keynote, he talked about research at Intel and what the future is projected to look like for computing. One of the most intriguing discussions was the concept of a consistent computing experience. Basically, everything that computes will connect to each other, with a marked transition from analog to digital.

For example, radio is still analog, and it’s necessary to completely re-engineer it to think about it digitally. Bob and Rhonda were both thrilled to see (for the first time ever) a digital WIFI transmitter and receiver that was ten years in the making – quite a thrill. This allows radio to be part of the overall chip set, with that consistency across devices that was already mentioned. You can watch the entire keynote here: Connecting to the Future.


A dual-screen demo was up next, displaying wireless tech going from an Ultrabook™ to dual screen monitors. With HD streaming wireless, no pesky cables are needed, which is where many people are glad we are heading.

Next up was an expansion on Intel’s Smart Connect technology, which allows the Ultrabook to take advantage of AOAC (Always On Always Connected). It still can utilize wireless signals similar to how a phone or radio uses them, however, the issue is that while it’s “talking” it is utilizing a lot of CPU power. The demo showed that if traffic isn’t necessarily important, that they can remove it at the network card level and not at the CPU, therefore saving critical battery life.

Passwords were next on the demo list. There’s a paradox in passwords, basically pitting ease of use against security. For example, we are all probably guilty of using the same password with a few different iterations at all our websites, and we do this because it’s difficult and annoying to keep track of multiple passwords. A new technology using biometrics is predicted to eventually replace textual passwords completely, and a fascinating demo using just a handprint showed how easy this process could be.

A demo about China was next on the agenda. There are a million base stations in China with 686 million subscribers, which ends up being quite an overwhelming infrastructure issue. They are looking at moving all of this information to the cloud (C-RAN), which would enable load balancing for peak traffic times. By 2013, they are aiming for 100 base stations on one server in the cloud, which is quite a lofty goal.

Intel Community Developer Apps

The next segment introduces us to Lee Bamber, one of the coders participating in the Ultimate Coder Challenge, a six week competition between six teams of developers to build the ultimate Ultrabook application. He showed us his Love Hearts app, which among other Ultrabook sensors includes an accelerometer, a compass, light sensors, NFC, and touch. The overall experience is lighthearted and fun, and encourages the user to interact with their device.

That’s it for IDF 2012

IDF 2012 was a fantastic time for all, as always. You can see all the keynotes, technical papers, and other information at the main IDF 2012 portal

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