It’s not much to look at, but Intel’s ‘Compute Card’ could revolutionize consumer technology by making your old — but still functional — tech feel ‘new’ again.
What is it?
The Compute Card is essentially a full computer — SoC, memory, storage, various input/output options, and wireless connectivity. Rather than playing games and checking email, Intel’s newest offering offers a seamless upgrade path to items in a connected home.
And it’s not just for televisions. Intel’s tiny computer has a wide range of use cases ranging from appliances to commercial equipment.
Why does it matter?
We’re on the verge — and have been for the past several years — of replacing all of our ‘dumb’ devices with those that connect every aspect of our lives. Unlike a decade ago, processing upgrades are happening at a much slower pace — leading most of us to keep devices longer. The ability to make older devices that still work well feel ‘new’ again with a hardware upgrade that comes from a credit card-sized computer could reduce waste, spending, and lead to consumers happily keeping their devices longer.
When is it coming?
Intel plans to release the card in ‘mid-2017’ through a series of partnerships with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Sharp.