The next wave of consumer technology will arrive in 2015, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich (pictured) has told the International CES audience.
He added the year will be another "important turning point" in technology, as it moves from a two-dimensional world to a three-dimensional world.
Krzanich went on to claim the last technology wave this huge was 20 years ago, when Intel launched its first Pentium Pro processor.
"This additional dimension will change how we experience computing," he said. “Where intelligence is everywhere, and where everything becomes smart and connected – and when mobile computing truly becomes personal.”
Krzanic, like Samsung’s CEO BK Yoon earlier at the event, cited sensors as one of the drivers for the next generation of technology and the internet of things (IoT).
At CES Intel showcased how its processors are powering several different technologies which could lead the way in the digital revolution.
In November 2014, the firm announced plans to merge its profitable division that handles chips for personal computers with its loss-making group that handles chips for smartphones and tablets, fuelling huge internal changes at the organisation.
Intel RealSense 3D technology
The firm demonstrated at the event how its Intel RealSense 3D technology is enabling devices such as HP’s new 3D printer, home intelligence systems and remote-controlled and automated drones.
More on the internet of things
The technology gives them the input device required to better make sense of the information they are given and utilise it to provide a better user experience.
Intel RealSense uses a combination of cameras that provide a device with depth perception to help it recognise gestures, facial features and its surroundings.
The technology could be used in a number of ways, including providing entry into households using facial identification or to power vibrating sensors on a blind person’s body to help them understand their environment better.
According to earlier keynotes, such as those by Samsung’s BK Yoon and Consumer Electronics Association’s Shawn G DuBravac, this natural interaction with technology could be what consumers need to help the IoT take off.
Krzanic also showcased a wireless charging table, and made a prediction for the future: “You will no longer be chained to your computer by wires; you can completely live in a wire-free world."
Powering the digital technology revolution
Although these technologies individually solve some of the problems facing the IoT and a digital future, it brings into question whether it's possible for one company to power the digital technology revolution.
Earlier at the event, Samsung’s CEO called for businesses and different industry sectors to work together to deliver a "better future", but Intel took a different view of how to improve the field.
“One word I can think of that can change this industry is inclusion,” said Krzanic, as he announced the launch of Intel's Diversity in Technology initiative.
“We set a goal to reach full representation at all levels in our company’s workforce by 2020,” he added.
The initiative is designed to promote diversity and inclusion in the technology industry to encourage innovation and growth. Intel will hold its higher-level staff accountable for the change by tying salaries to progress to ensure all genders and races are given equal opportunities and pay in the organisation.