Tour of Intel!

I have a ton of things to talk about during this blog entry, so I’ll just briefly touch on a few things before I get to the good stuff.

This weekend I went to the Chocolate Affaire in Glendale. There is a local candy factory in the area called Cerreta’s that sponsors the event. There’s a ton of chocolate, fudge, cheesecake and apples, as well as all different types of food, drinks, music, rides, and free tours of the Cerreta Candy Company.

The local news was there taking pictures, you can check out some of their pictures here:

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

I also got to celebrate my friend Sean’s birthday since my last blog! Below is a picture of the his cake. Any guesses how old he turned?

And now to the really exciting stuff! Last night, I got to participate in the Chandler Science Extravaganza with Jaylyn and her roommate, Natasha. We got to take a mini-tour of Intel and see some of the things they’re working on. Before the tour itself, we were able to check out some robots.

This robot was fairly simple. It would sense a person standing in front of it, and follow them around. I tried to get a video to show this off, but the girl that was testing it kept moving too fast and the poor robot would get lost. Natasha and Jaylyn wanted to get one for their apartment, since it’s essentially like a pet without as much of the upkeep.

This little guy is Qbo. I’ve loved Qbo ever since I found out about him last year. I think he’s super cute and adorable. I’d rather have him as my replacement pet!

This little guy had a lot of character. He kept waving at us, and a few times it looked like he was flexing to show off. The guy next to me couldn’t believe that there wasn’t somebody controlling the robot. In some ways, I definitely understand how he felt. A few years ago, I would’ve been the same way.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see this one in action. It was beautifully designed, and very reminiscent of sci-fi. I didn’t catch the name of it either, so I’ll probably be doing some research to learn a little bit more about it.

After checking out all the robots, we were able to start the tour. At the first stop, we found a wall of Intel processors and a few hard drives.

It was really neat to see up close. They had processors from all different times and showed the progress that they’ve made since the beginning.

Here were a few of the medical projects Intel was working on. Our tour guide explained that the medical industry was a little behind in some ways, and their goal was to make sure that hospitals had technology that was as up-to-date as possible. On the left side of the picture, they explained that the screen was incredibly shatter resistant.

This was the coolest jukebox I’d ever seen. Not only did it play music, it takes pictures and videos in case you decide to embarrass yourself by singing karaoke. It had a great design. The buttons were huge and have almost instant user feedback.

This was an interactive advertisement. It used touch and movement as input, and had games on it that related to the things being advertised. For example, Jaylyn played a game where she had to touch all the smoothies on the screen within 30 seconds. Afterwards, it gave her a coupon for Jamba Juice.

Overall, the tour was fantastic. I loved seeing all the interactivity, and it became a huge source of inspiration for my projects. I’m very lucky that I had the chance to go!

Whew! That’s all from me this week. See you guys next time!