Intel Unveils Compute Card, a Credit Card-Sized Compute Platform

Today, Intel is announcing a new modular compute platform called the Intel® Compute Card along with a range of partners who will be working with Intel to help accelerate the ecosystem of solutions based on the Intel Compute Card. Intel has been a leader in delivering technology to help realize the benefits of the Internet of Things and enable more smart and connected devices. The Intel Compute Card is being developed with that in mind, to transform the way compute and connectivity can be integrated and used in future

The Intel Compute Card has all the elements of a full computer, including Intel SoC, memory, storage and wireless connectivity with flexible I/O options so hardware manufacturers can optimize for their particular solutions – from interactive refrigerators and smart kiosks to security cameras and IoT gateways. Device makers simply design a standard Intel Compute Card slot into their device and then utilize the best Intel Compute Card for their performance and price needs. This reduces the time and resources needed to design and validate the compute block and helps speed up innovation to bring the power of intelligence into an ever wider range of devices.

Fact sheet: Newly Announced Intel® Compute Card, a Credit Card-Sized Compute Platform

Intel is working with a wide range of partners who share our vision that the Intel Compute Card could significantly change the way they and the rest of the industry design and productize a wide range of solutions in the near future. These partners are working to develop products that can take advantage of the simplified design, ease of serviceability and user upgradeability of the Intel Compute Card. Intel is proud to be working with leading global partners, including Dell*, HP*, Lenovo* and Sharp*, to bring this vision to reality. In addition, Intel is working with a range of regional partners who are all looking to bring unique solutions to their respective markets. These early partners include Seneca Data*, InFocus*, DTx*, TabletKiosk* and Pasuntech*.

The Intel Compute Card will be available in mid-2017 and will come with a range of processors options, including the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.

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Connected Devices Cry Out – Now

Recently, a friend left his home & his smart-watch beeped to inform him that his phone was out of range. Yep… It’s happening.

Our devices are now warning us not to forget our other devices. What a great idea.

The CES show going on right now in Las Vegas and is more than just the latest smattering of future must-have gadgets… It’s the future of the tech that will be invading every part of how we live and how we manage our connected devices moving forward. Samsung announced that 90% of the products it sells will be Internet-enabled by 2017. That’s shocking. And, essentially, that means you will be too. Are you ready?

Here are some of the more strange & intriguing items you might find if you were in attendance at CES today.



In effect, this is a technology preview: it’s an early, unfinished, glimpse of the Wolfram Language. Soon the Wolfram Language will start showing up in lots of places, notably on the web & in the cloud with an emphasis on education & invention.

Stephen Wolfram has a large-scale plan to use the new technology they’re building and inject sophisticated computation and knowledge into everything. We can’t wait!

Side Note: If you’ve never heard of but one of Stephen’s many miracle products, Wolfram Alpha, do make sure you sit down before checking it out. |

Coding Is An Art

Artist Thinking | Profound For Programmers

We all know about design thinking and its value in software. But there’s another kind of thinking no one talks about–artistic thinking. If design thinking asks, “how can we do it better?” art thinking asks something fundamental: What is possible?


Art thinking represents a kind of whole-life approach, despite the pressures toward efficiency or the psychological desire to know something will succeed. Artistic process requires leaning in to an almost existential uncertainty. And restlessness in the face of uncertainty is a human problem.

Everyday life offers a master class in how to maintain attention and intention in the midst of flashing message lights, constant breaking news news, expectations of instant feedback, and crippling administrative process or days of meetings. It is hard to stay open to broad questions, not just quick wins. 

Read More of The Fast Company Story  |  Discover Six Ways To Apply Artistic Thinking


Though some take the DIY approach to replacing a faulty part in a smartphone, many elect to discard it in favor of an upgraded device, something that results in a fair bit of electronics waste.

To mitigate this — and to make it easy for a handset to be upgraded — the Phonebloks concept has isolated components in removable blocks that can be swapped out with the turn of only two screws

Calling this “the phone worth keeping,” Phonebloks plans to raise awareness for the handset design and its ambitions on October 29, when a massive social media push will start to “show the world” that there’s demand for such a concept. Whether those ambitions will prove well-founded or the handset will wither away, never to be seen again isn’t known, is yet to be seen, but the concept is intriguing nonetheless, and certainly has some appealing aspects.

It’s unclear if Apple will be addressing these concerns with increased design modality in future iPhone releases. Patent records from a more than a year ago reveal Apple’s plans for such functionality: hot swap camera features such as fish-eye & wide-angle lenses to start.

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