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CNK Digital announced a tablet that is designed for children and parents – the ClickN KIDS Tablet 2 – which comes pre-loaded with child-friendly features including educational programs and 30 premium games such as Looney Tunes* Phonics and SmartRunners. Powered by the Intel® Atom™ Processor, this tablet features lightning fast performance, high quality graphics, long battery life, front and rear facing cameras and 8GB of memory, and is the first Kid Safe Certified learning tablet powered by Intel. The device boasts a Dual Purpose Interface*, including parental control settings and a “Grown Ups” area that contains traditional tablet features, making it customizable for both parents and children. The ClickN KIDS Tablet 2 will be available at national retailers and priced at $99.95.

Intel Capital Invests $62M in 16 Innovative Companies

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 1,000 Intel Capital-funded entrepreneurs and Global 2000 industry executives attended the 15th annual Intel Capital Global Summit, the venture industry's premier networking and company-building event.
  • Intel Capital expects to invest approximately $355 million this year.
  • A press conference featuring Intel Capital President Arvind Sodhani and the new portfolio CEOs will be available for live viewing at newsroom.intel.com/docs/DOC-6004 on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 from 12:15-1 p.m. PST.

 

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Nov. 4, 2014 – Intel Capital, Intel Corporation's global investment organization, today announced at the Intel Capital Global Summit investments in 16 technology companies. Totaling approximately $62 million, the investments cover a broad spectrum of innovative technologies.

 

"Intel Capital invests in the technology continuum that runs from wearables and the Internet of Things to big data analytics – and everything in between, including silicon, smart devices, PCs, the cloud and datacenters," said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel executive vice president. "We are focused on helping innovative companies develop across this technology ecosystem, and we expect to invest a total of $355 million this year."

 

Sodhani's announcement came at the opening of the 15th annual Intel Capital Global Summit. The venture capital industry's premier networking event convenes more than 1,000 founders and CEOs from Intel Capital's global portfolio, Global 2000 business executives, and industry influencers for two days of company building. This year, the invite-only event featured distinguished speakers including former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Stanford President John L. Hennessy, record-setting polar explorer Ben Saunders and former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt.

 

The founders of the newest portfolio companies run the gamut from 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee, who has invented low-cost Braille printers for the blind using Legos* and Intel® Edison chips; to Sundari Mitra, a 25-year semiconductor industry veteran who is now running her second startup; to Earnest Earon, a rocket scientist whose new company uses unmanned aircraft and cloud-based software to perform data analytics for agricultural, emergency response and other uses.

 

More on the new investments, grouped by technology sector:

 

New Devices/Wearable Computing

 

  • Avegant* (Redwood City, California), developing the next generation of wearable devices, is bringing to market the Glyph*, a mobile personal theater that uses a micromirror display with built-in premium audio. Glyph raised more than $1 million in its Kickstarter* campaign earlier this year.
  • Braigo Labs Inc.* (Palo Alto, California, U.S.),  founded by 13-year-old entrepreneur and middle schooler Shubham Banerjee, provides scientific and technological services by researching and developing technology-based innovations and services. Its products include Braigo v1.0*, a Lego Braille printer that dramatically reduces the price of a printer from more than $2,000 to $350 for education, teaching and home-use purposes.
  • Eyefluence* (Reno, Nevada, U.S.) transforms intent into action through your eyes. The company's robust, low-power, eye-tracking technology, with its iUi* interaction model, integrates into any augmented reality or virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD) to provide natural, intuitive eye tracking and control.

 

Mobility/Wireless

 

  • AnDAPT* (Santa Clara, California, U.S.) brings a new genre of analog adaptive products for multifunction sensor integration and integrated system power management, enabling enterprise customers to achieve lowest power consumption, smart power management, high integration, high system reliability and lower cost.
  • Audyssey* (Los Angeles, U.S.) is a leader in research-based audio technologies that correct acoustical problems to improve the sound quality of any device or listening environment. The company's technologies are integrated into mobile apps and devices, TVs, automobiles, PCs and home theater products from industry-leading manufacturers.
  • Incoming Media* (Santa Clara, California, U.S. and Sydney, Australia) is a mobile video platform that uses predictive data analytics and intelligent content pre-loading to learn how a viewer consumes video on a mobile device and delivers a personalized mobile video experience with no interruption.
  • INRIX* (Kirkland, Washington, U.S.) leverages big data analytics and predictive technology to help automakers, corporate fleets, governments and news organizations reduce the economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion.
  • Screenovate Technologies* (Israel) offers mobile solutions that cover entertainment, productivity and education. Among other applications, its technology enables smartphone and tablet users to wirelessly beam movies, games, presentations or other content from their mobile devices to their TVs or other large displays.
  • Thundersoft* (China and Taiwan) is a mobile OS core technology and solution provider that accelerates product development by providing leading technology and services, specifically for Android* smartphone and tablet services. [Investment subject to satisfaction of closing conditions.]

 

Advancing Microprocessor and SoC Development

 

  • NetSpeed Systems* (Mountain View, California, U.S.) offers a system-on-chip (SoC) design platform and advanced on-chip network solutions that let SoC architects create designs that are significantly smaller and more power-efficient in a fraction of the usual time.
  • Reno Sub-Systems* (Canada) designs, develops and delivers subsystems used to control process systems made by OEMs, including vacuum-based chambers to deposit and etch specialty materials needed in advanced integrated circuit fabrication.

 

Big Data and Cloud Infrastructure

 

  • Gigya* (San Francisco, U.S.) makes a cloud-based customer identity management platform that helps customers turn unknown Web or mobile visitors into loyal and engaged customers.
  • PilotTV* (Taiwan) is a digital signage network operator that designs, deploys and jointly operates digital signage systems for retail venues, operating over 6,000 screens in various channels including convenience stores, fast food chains, drugstores and rapid transit stations.
  • PrecisionHawk* (Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.) is an information delivery company that uses a small, unmanned aerial vehicle and cloud-based software to collect, process and analyze aerial data. Its solution provides actionable information to clients in civilian industries.
  • Prelert* (Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S.) packages data science into downloadable applications for everyday users. It uses machine-learning predictive analytics to learn the normal behavior patterns of populations of individual users, devices and resources.
  • Stratoscale* (Israel) develops new technology to rethink next-generation data centers. It is building the runtime software infrastructure for scalable computing to help customers use all available computing resources and unify computing and storage across the data center.

 

In addition, Intel Capital announced Ossia* (Redmond, Washington, U.S.) has joined the Intel Capital portfolio. Cota*, Ossia's smart antenna technology, redefines wireless power by safely delivering remote, targeted energy simultaneously to multiple devices as far away as 30 feet without line of sight and regardless of whether a device is stationary or moving.

 

About the Intel Capital Global Summit
The Global Summit is Intel Capital's pre-eminent technology networking event. The 2014 event brings together more than 1,000 registered attendees from Intel Capital portfolio companies; Intel's global customers and partners; and industry leaders from around the world. The Intel Capital Global Summit 2014 is sponsored by Credit Suisse; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; the Government of Canada; Houlihan Lokey; Kingsley Gate; KPMG; Morrison & Foerster; NASDAQ OMX; Needham & Company; Silicon Valley Bank; Sprinklr; and TriNet.

 

About Intel Capital
Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$11 billion in over 1,400 companies in 57 countries. In that timeframe, 209 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 363 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2013, Intel Capital invested US$333 million in 146 investments. As of Oct. 31, 2014, Intel Capital has invested $344 million in 120 investments including 55 new deals. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital.

 

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Today Nixie was named the grand prize winner of the Intel Make It Wearable challenge, a global initiative that Intel announced at CES 2014 to fuel creativity and challenge innovators to evolve personal computing using Intel® Edison technology. Winning the $500,000 grand prize, Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly, unfolds and takes flight on cue to take the perfect shot from unique perspectives. Second prize winner, Open Bionics was awarded $200,000, using low cost, high efficiency 3-D printing and scanning to bring customized products to amputees for less than $1,000. Third prize winner and recipient of $100,000, ProGlove is offering an enterprise invention that seeks to reduce physical work stress, improve ergonomics and reduce costly workplace mistakes. Watch the webcast replay.

 

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Winning the $500,000 grand prize of the Intel 'Make it Wearable' challenge, Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly, unfolds and takes flight on cue to take the perfect shot from unique perspectives.

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Second-prize winner of the Intel 'Make it Wearable' challenge, Open Bionics was awarded $200,000, using low cost, high efficiency 3-D printing and scanning to bring customized products to amputees for less than $1,000.

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Third-prize winner of the Intel 'Make it Wearable' challenge and recipient of $100,000, ProGlove is offering an enterprise invention that seeks to reduce physical work stress, improve ergonomics and reduce costly workplace mistakes.

Today Intel released new virtual storage manager software to the open source community which is designed to simplify the creation and management of Ceph clusters for cloud and data center storage administrators. The software delivers consistent cluster configuration through pre-defined standard cluster designs; easing installation, helping improve reliability, and reducing maintenance and support costs. Developed in Python and OpenStack Horizon, the open source software is available for download. Learn more about how companies such as Fujitsu are incorporating the software into their products to achieve significant time-savings when setting up test clusters in the blog.

TrekStor, a well-known electronics company in Germany, is launching the TrekStor SurfTab® xintron i 7.0 tablet.  The SurfTab will be the first tablet developed under the Intel Reference Design for Android* program announced at the Intel Developer Forum in September. The program was developed to make it easier for tablets manufacturers to bring Android devices based on Intel® architecture to market.  As part of the program, Intel will provide Android operating system updates for tablets manufacturers.  Manufacturers save development costs and have shortened time to market while end users benefit from timely operating updates to their devices. The SurfTab xintron was designed for mobility with the Intel® Atom™ processor, a 17.7 cm screen, WLAN, Bluetooth* 4.0 and Miracast, in addition to advanced photo capabilities. With the program announced in September, Intel expects more devices based on the program to be introduced in the coming months.

Intel’s ENCORE retiree program was honored by Experience Matters, an organization which connects passionate individuals with nonprofits that require unique talent. Intel was recognized for its unprecedented investment in the greater Phoenix community through an innovative program that transitions its retired employees into meaningful work in the nonprofit sector. This video tells the story of Surinder Tuli, an Intel retiree, and how he converted his engineering talents into blessings for the United Way in Mesa, Arizona.

 

BABYBE (Chile) and BabyGuard (China) are two entries in the Intel “Make it Wearable” challenge that address the health and safety of babies and mothers. BABYBE connects babies in the NICU with their mothers by sharing the mother’s heart beat and biorhythms to the baby in real time. BabyGuard monitors the health of the expectant mother and her baby to provide real-time information between doctor visits. For sports enthusiasts, First V1sion (Spain) is a broadcast system that allows the player’s point of view to be shown in sports. And Snowcookie (Poland) monitors user’s’ kinetics and physiology and crowd sources ski data to enhance safety, improve technique and connect winter sports enthusiasts. Lastly, the Arc Pendant is a smart pendant that guides using directional haptic or touch feedback, understands voice commands and monitors the body. The 10 final teams find out on Monday if they win the $500,000 grand prize in the Intel “Make it Wearable” challenge. Get more information and see finalist videos in the Wearables press kit.

 

 

Teams Blocks (UK), Wristify (US) and ProGlove (Germany) have created wearables that can be worn on the hands or wrists. They find out on Monday if they win the $500,000 grand prize in the Intel “Make it Wearable” challenge. BLOCKS allows the wearer to choose the different blocks that he/she needs to create a unique wearable band. The Wristify band provides natural refreshing coolness or soothing warmth to the wearer on demand. And ProGlove is a professional wearable production tool that enables the user to work faster, more safely and easier. Get more information and see finalist videos in the Wearables press kit.

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WHAT:

Innovative business plans from young entrepreneurs around the world will be on display next week as part of the Intel® Global Challenge. This competition is designed to motivate young entrepreneurs to develop promising technologies that solve real-world challenges, build viable business models, and move that technology out of university labs and into the market. The finalists consist of 26 teams, who are presenting business plans in areas such as computer science, wearable technology and 3-D printing.

 

As part of this competition, finalists will have the opportunity to meet with successful venture capitalists and hear from experts in entrepreneurship. In addition, the Intel Foundation will award $100,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize winning team will receive $50,000, three first prize winning teams will each receive $15,000, and a $5,000 social media prize will be awarded.

 

Media must be registered to attend. To register, RSVP to the contacts below.

WHEN/WHERE:

Finalist Teams Judging

Thursday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. PT*

Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, 2220 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley

 

Media are invited to view judging of the final eight teams. These finalists will showcase some of the most promising business plans for technologies that may be on the market in the next few years. Reporters will be able to see finalist teams present to a panel of judges, comprised of top executives in venture capital and entrepreneurial fields, and have the opportunity to interview the teams following judging.

*A more detailed finalist schedule is available upon request. It provides an in-depth breakdown on timing for when each team will be presenting their plans.

 

Winners Announcement Dinner

Thursday, Nov. 6 from 4:45 - 8 p.m. PT

Ferry Building, 1 Sausalito, San Francisco

 

The top winning teams will be announced during a surprise awards dinner party aboard a yacht on the San Francisco Bay where Heroku co-founder Orion Henry will keynote. Attending this event will allow reporters to experience firsthand the excitement of the finalists winning the Intel Global Challenge and speak with winners following the announcement.

WHO:

Media may speak with:

  • All 26 Intel Global Challenge finalist teams, representing 20 countries, including Brazil, Egypt, Lebanon, Russia and the United States. Business plans cover such fields as computer science, wearable technology and 3-D printing innovation.
  • Staci Palmer, director, Global Strategic Initiatives and Marketing, Corporate Affairs Group, Intel Corporation
MORE INFO:

More Info: To get the latest Intel education news, visit www.intel.com/newsroom/education, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACTS:

Gail Dundas, Intel

503-264-2154, gail.dundas@intel.com

 

Taylor Fisher, North of Nine Communications, for Intel

646-204-5869, taylor.fisher@nof9.com

Today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) European Summit, Microsoft announced the contribution of the 2nd generation Open CloudServer (OCSv2) specification to the OCP. Through a joint engineering collaboration with Intel, the companies have developed a board to go into OCSv2 that features a dual-processor design, built on Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors, enabling 28 cores of compute power per blade. Systems based on the OCSv2 and Xeon E5v3 processors are designed to set a new high watermark for performance per watt per dollar. The OCSv2 spec if also designed to maximize performance per unit of data center TCO. For additional information, view the Microsoft blog.

Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly. At your cue, Nixie unfolds and takes flight. Nixie composes the perfect "selfie" shot from an awesome perspective, capturing the moment without interruption. The Nixie team is coming with nine other teams of innovators for the $500,000 grand prize in the Intel "Make it Wearable challenge" and the notoriety of helping to shape the future of wearables. Catch the video and check out the Wearables press kit.

 

Today, HP introduced Sprout by HP, an immersive computing platform that combines the power of an advanced, all-in-one desktop computer based on a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor. Sprout's user interface creates a unique experience that breaks down the barriers between the digital and physical worlds. The Sprout Illuminator, a capture and project system which includes Intel RealSense technology, combines a scanner, depth sensor, hi res camera and a projector to allow users to take physical items and seamlessly merge them into the digital workspace. Sprout by HP will be available in the United States for pre-order beginning on October 29th.

Today, Intel released Intel® System Studio 2015, a major upgrade for Intel® Architecture-based embedded application and system software development. This upgrade helps developers improve system reliability and time-to-market with low-overhead trace for Intel® Core™ M processors and low-cost OpenOCD-based JTAG debug for lntel® Quark processors. This version adds two new target operating systems – Windows and Android Lollipop, including 64-bit support. Developers can enhance their productivity by taking advantage of the expanded integration into Eclipse, Wind River Workbench and Microsoft Visual Studio. Additionally, enhanced energy analysis plus compiler and performance library optimizations available in Intel System Studio 2015 help developers achieve better power efficiency along with application and system performance.

Though Halloween may traditionally be about ghosts, ghouls and goodies, don't let your Intel-based devices miss out on all of the fun. This photo from Intel highlights a house decorated for Halloween with some of the latest and greatest tablets, two-in-ones, portable all-in-ones and phone. These Intel-based devices may not go bump in the night, but they are sure to amaze with their versatility and lightning-fast processing power. So "Treat Yourself to Technology" and Happy Halloween from Intel!

 

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Chatting with your friends and family just got more fun. Intel’s Pocket Avatars app now allows you to send funny avatar messages to multiple people at one time via the group chat functionality. There are also a slew of new avatars to choose from including NCAA avatars and Halloween-oriented characters. Since its launch in the U.S. in mid-June, more than one million avatars have been downloaded, and it’s availability has expanded to more than 33 countries. Additionally, 35 new avatars have been added and the expanded library now boasts more than 75 avatars, including Halloween themed avatars such as Vlad, Dracula and even Jackie-O-Lantern. Many of the avatars are available for free; others cost just USD 99 cents for unlimited use. Today, the 3-D avatars featured in personal messages can smile big and small, blink, raise and lower eyebrows, stick out their tongue and even blow a kiss. Check out some of YouTube’s leading content creators – from Miranda Sings to Ricky Dillon – channeling their inner avatar.  Check out the Pocket Avatars infographic and this Intel blog post.

 

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