Intel introduces IoT Joule developer module

Brian Krzanich demonstrates the Joule (Image via Intel)

Intel has revealed its latest contribution to the Internet of Things (IoT), showcasing the Joule module at the Intel Developer Forum. It is a developer platform that, according to the company, is “capable of delivering human-like senses to a new generation of smart devices”.

The Joule comes in two configurations: the 570x and the 550x. The 570x comes with a 64-bit, 1.7 GHz quad-core Intel Atom T5700 processor and 4GB of RAM and a 16GB memory, whilst the 550x consists of a 1.5 GHz quad-core Atom T5500 processor as well as 3GB of RAM and 8GB of memory. Both modules feature HD graphics, with 4K video capture and display.

It is being targeted at small firms as well as established enterprises.

Because it is able to support the firm’s depth-sensing cameras, the Joule has established business uses. During a demonstration, a pair of safety glasses used the module to spot faults in aircraft manufacturing. The glasses were used to aid the worker in ensuring all bolts used were the correct size.

The demonstrator pointed out that the “advanced computervision capabilities” allow businesses to provide real-time feedback to workers about their tasks, adding that all computation can be completed on the unit.

Intel said that the Joule platform will allow organisations to turn a concept into a prototype and then into production at a much lower cost and in a shorter time period.

The firm explained that because of its high performance level and small physical form, the Joule module is ideally suited for computer vision, robotics, drones, industrial IoT, micro-servers and other applications that require high-end edge computing.

Intel has said that Microsoft is already using Joule for its Bamboo robot, which reminds children with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar levels, and that French company EyeLights has used it to develop a heads-up display for police motorcycle helmets.

The Joule can be purchased by attendees at the Forum and will shortly be available on the Intel online shop.