Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at CES 2017 Press Conference (Full Transcript)

Brian Krzanich – CEO, Intel Corp.

Okay, so go ahead and take your seats again. Go ahead and take your headsets off, and Ted, I just want to thank you for showing us what the future of video is.

Ted Schilowitz – Co-founder of HypeVR

Our pleasure, we look forward to the next step.

Brian Krzanich – CEO, Intel Corp.

OK, thank you.

Ted Schilowitz – Co-founder of HypeVR

Thanks everyone.

Brian Krzanich – CEO, Intel Corp.

So in 2017, Intel and HypeVR will be partnering to deliver this style of content really to more VR systems and to many more locations around the world. And this, you can start now to imagine — now you are confined to a seat and tether a bit but you can imagine in your living room, you’d be able to walk around, view the next hotel room you’re trying to go, visit or the pool at the hotel or whatever the event is you’re going to go see or you want to see what your seats would look like from an arena, all of that’s completely doable in a virtual world like this. You’d literally be able to walk around. I encourage you all to visit the Intel booth. This experience will be there and you’ll have a little bit more space to walk around and you can really engage in the experience much much deeper.

So as you’ve experienced firsthand today we’re offering a variety of ways to enjoy really what I call immersive travel and this amazing technology as Ted said is we believe so compute-intensive, it really needs a company like Intel behind it to deliver this kind of experience. But we all have to get up during the week at least and go to work every day. So I think it’d be good if we take a look now at how we can do virtual reality and work and really how can it affect or impact our work environment.

Now for years people have performed dangerous work tasks every day. And we’ve been exploring innovative ways that technology can eliminate the human risk in that process. Now you can think about all the dangerous work environments and difficult ones — pipeline inspections or tower inspections and electrical inspections, all of those kinds of things.

Well, today I’m going to make you all solar panel inspectors. Okay, now this is a solar panel array that has to be inspected regularly, which means a person needs to go out and inspect these individually. And that could be both time consuming, it can be very costly and this one happens to be out in the desert of Nevada, so it can be very dangerous to be out there for extended periods of time in the heat around all of those panels. Drones have been used for this kind of work for some period of time but typically what’s been done is you have a single point of view, you have a single camera and you see where the drones pointed and you can’t really look around.

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We’re going to do two things for you today. We’re going to give you a 360-degree view, you’ll be able to look around, inspect wherever you want to look. And it’s going to be live. This is a live feed off a drone. We will be inspecting those solar panels real-time.

So with every — for those who have done keynotes with me and all, I always take a certain amount of risk in them with live or a real time. This will be one of them today. There’s one other one later on where I’m going to do this and we’re going to go live, go inspect to some panels and get the direct feed from the drone. So go ahead and put on your headsets and let’s become solar panel inspectors.

So this is a power plant out in the Moapa River Indian Reservation. It covers over 2,000 acres, and it has a capacity to generate about 250 megawatts of energy which is equivalent to powering about 100,000 homes a year. So this is a large power supplier.

Now to accomplish this inspection, we’ve got a drone loaded with a high resolution four lens or a camera which is 4K and gives you this 360 degree view. We also have a low-power high-capacity compute solution on board to stitch this image together and transfer it to you here in the room. Now you can imagine that there’s all kinds of applications for this but it’s really valuable in this kind of inspection. It improves the efficiency by reducing the amount of time, these guys can go out there and look for damage or you can imagine we can use heat cameras instead and look for hotspots. We can keep the inspectors out of the extreme heat and it can be done much more cost effective and much quicker. And you can use multi parties, we have 260 individuals inspecting these systems right now which really you can imagine a search-and-rescue type environment.

OK, we’re done inspecting.

So my risk worked off, paid off, that was truly live. If you go outside that’s about where the Sun is right now and that’s about the number of clouds.

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So drones have been used for that kind of inspection for some period of time but again as I said it’s not typically been live over a distance like this. It’s not over 260 individuals watching it at the same time and it hasn’t given you that 360 degree view. You can imagine a search-and-rescue effort where somebody’s lost at sea, somebody’s lost at the forest, having 250 eyes helping search 360 degrees it’s going to be much quicker to find somebody than sending a bunch of people out into the field.

So all of this, we believe, is how — just one example of how work can be transformed by virtual reality. Truly we believe in these kinds of experiences for inspections, for search-and-rescue, for life-saving activities, or dangerous work. It can save lives, it can save money and it can save time and that’s really the solution that we believe can bring value to the end-user.

OK, so — my second issue may not work out too well for me, we will see. So we’ve seen how VR can change our view of travel and work experiences. But really OK, that’s that space. So what’s next?

So let’s switch gears and talk about how Intel is going to transform the experience of sports and entertainment. And this, you know, if you take a look at the internet and how the internet really exploded, sports and entertainment is what’s always driven these kinds of hardware transitions. So we’re going to start with how virtual reality and this whole volumetric capability is going to impact traditional sports.

Now we may have to do this twice, because unfortunately this timing is just not quite perfect. But in 2016 Intel acquired a company called VOKE. VOKE uses six to eight cameras that have about a 180 degree view and to deliver the depth and clarity of a true stereoscopic experience and natural viewing environment. So think of this as this system creates the same view that you would have if you were sitting in a seat. What this means is that from the comfort of your home you can be transported to your favorite seat at a sporting event, the front row of a concert or even behind the scenes of an award show, because we can really provide this in multiple locations and give you the choice of multiple vantage points. Viewers get to decide their point of view. Viewers will get to decide what seat they have. That’s the future of what we believe of sports viewing.