Don’t understand a word your friends from overseas are saying? Chances are you’ll immediately yank out your phone and swipe around for a translation app. But if you’re 21-year-old Illisha Ramachandran, you won’t settle for downloading a mere app. That’s just too easy. Instead, Ramachandran built her own translator—based on an Intel Edison chip, for less than $100, with code she learned to write.
Ramachandran is just one of countless makers set on realizing their techie idea at a time. This month, she joined hundreds of other makers—including twenty from Intel—to show off their inventions at Maker Faire Singapore, the largest maker showcase ever held in South East Asia. This fourth annual event, sponsored by Intel, featured over 250 exhibits seen by well over 10,000 attendees.
What are we doing at the Maker Faire? “We want to inspire the local community to come up with cool, innovative, new ideas,” said Prakash Mallya, managing director of South East Asia in the Sales and Marketing Group. “We don’t want this to be just a weekend activity for kids,” Mallya continued, as families with children in tow raced towards the booths. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Intel to impact the community, from school curriculums to college programs.”
Bringing the Maker Faire to Singapore is just the start of a multi-year journey in this region, aimed at spurring innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables. At the Faire, Intel also announced partnerships to establish Open Innovation Labs at Nanyang Technological University and Nanyang Polytechnic — two leading academic organizations in Singapore.
On the global front, Intel has donated over 50,000 Galileo boards to 1,000 universities to date, all in an effort to promote innovation around Intel-based products.
Below, check out the six most intriguing Intel-powered inventions spotted at this year’s Faire, plus meet the Intel team behind the show.
This content was originally published on the Intel Free Press website.
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