Intel has provided a frightening glimpse of the future: an army of robot spiders that can be controlled by gestures.
Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich placed Curie, a button-sized computer, on a wristband to control a swarm of four spiderbots with each flick of his wrist. He demonstrated the new technology at the company's Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen, China.
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Following the commands of Krzanich and his Curie-powered bracelet, the spiderbots changed the colors of the LEDs embedded in their carapaces, pumped their "fists" and even fell asleep when Krzanich waved his hands. To wake the robots, Krzanich lifted his hand.
The Curie module uses an accelerometer and gyroscope to detect arm gestures. The device then transmits the commands to the robots via a Bluetooth LE module.
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When it's not directing terrifying spiderbots, Curie, based on the Intel Quark SE system chip, was developed with wearable technology in mind. It can be embedded into bracelets, rings, pendants, fitness trackers and the like and can actually interpret if a user is, say, walking, running or swimming. It contains sensors, Bluetooth low-energy radio and battery charging technologies.
While Curie already seems to have a loyal following and is expected to ship to manufacturers in the second half of this year, the spiderbots are luckily just a proof of concept... for now.
via Popular Science