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Intel at the heart of Dublin Maker 2015

DUBLIN MAKER, July 25 2015 – For the second year running Intel was the Mega sponsor of Dublin Maker, a tented festival that takes the form of a “show and tell” experience where inventors/makers sourced through an open call have an opportunity to showcase their creations at individual booths in a carnival atmosphere. The event, which took place in Trinity College Dublin, brought together a host of makers ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. The makers, of all ages and backgrounds, came from all over Ireland and beyond with a mission to entertain, inform and connect the makers of Ireland, while inspiring the next generation of Ireland’s makers and inventors.

Dublin maker 2015 1.jpgEthan Whelan aged 11 is pictured at the Intel stand

This year Dublin Maker took place as part of the Festival of Curiosity, Dublin’s outstanding Science festival.

At the event Intel demonstrated a number of different technologies in action through a dedicated show and tell maker exhibit space which brought together a number of different innovations that had been created using the likes of Intel Galileo and Edison products.

The Intel Galileo technology, which was designed right here in Ireland, is an Arduino*-certified development boards based on Intel® architecture and specifically designed for makers, students, educators, and DIY electronics enthusiasts.

The Intel Edison is an ultra small computing platform that has numerous applications for embedded electronics. It’s small size makes it ideal for the likes of makers and other tech enthusiasts to create a wide variety of wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Visitors to the Maker gathering, an event which was open to the public and free to attend, had the opportunity to see how artists, designers and other do-it-yourself enthusiasts – who often don’t have technical backgrounds – have created interactive objects or environments using Galileo and Edison technology.

Click here for full details of the Intel demos that were on display at Dublin Maker.

In addition to the showcase area Intel also hosted an interactive Maker area where the public were invited to try their hand at using Intel Galileo together with Grove sensor kits. It is through events such as Maker gatherings that Intel aims to encourage makers of all ages to explore the possibilities of creating with technology.

More about the Intel® Galileo Development Board

Intel Galileo is the first in a line of Arduino-compatible development boards based on Intel architecture and is designed for the maker and education communities. The platform is easy to use for new designers and for those looking to take designs to the next level.

Intel Galileo combines the performance of Intel technology and the ease of the Arduino software development environment. The development board runs an open source Linux operating system with the Arduino software libraries, enabling scalability and re-use of existing software, called “sketches”. Intel Galileo can be programmed through Mac OS*, Microsoft Windows* and Linux host operating software. The board is also designed to be hardware and software compatible with the Arduino shield ecosystem.

Intel Galileo is a great tool for quickly prototyping simple interactive designs such as LED light displays that respond to social media or for tackling more complex projects, from automating home appliances to building life-size robots controlled by a smartphone.

The Galileo Gen 2 includes a number of enhancements to the Intel Galileo board based on feedback from the active Galileo user community, including improved GPIO performance, more precise PWM signaling for better motor control, and a variety of new I/O interfaces for easier connections to a wide range of shields and peripheral hardware. For users looking to expand its capabilities even further, the Intel Galileo Gen 2 board is now Power-over-Ethernet ready.

Intel Galileo features the Intel® Quark SoC X1000, the first product from the Intel® Quark technology family of low-power, small-core products. Intel® Quark technology will extend Intel architecture into rapidly growing areas – from the Internet of Things to wearable computing in the future. Designed in Ireland, the Quark SoC X1000 is a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Pentium® instruction set architecture (ISA)-compatible CPU, operating at speeds up to 400MHz.

Galileo: Designed in Ireland

The Galileo board and the Intel® Quark SoC X1000 by which it is powered both continue to be designed in Ireland at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare. The design team is led by Philip Moynagh and Noel Murphy who have guided the project over the last 3 years from a mere idea to the very innovative piece of technology which is available today. Since the Quark chip and Galileo board were first released last year, the Leixlip based design team has continued to grow from the initial group of 70 and is continuing to hire people into new roles on an ongoing basis. The team works to identify transformation opportunities, translate them into silicon and software architectures and build real world solutions. The project which has yielded these pivotal successes has been supported since its inception by the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) in Ireland.

Irish universities and Intel Galileo

To further spur innovation across the entire computing spectrum, Intel went on to provide 50,000 Galileo boards to universities worldwide. The development boards, which were designed in Ireland, will enable university students to innovate at the lower end of the spectrum with inventions that will be compatible with other Intel® Architecture-based devices in the Internet of Things.

Over the past number of months, almost 1000 boards have been provided to 21 different institutions across Ireland who have been integrating them into upcoming curriculum plans and using the boards for a variety of research projects.

To support the integration of the boards in the recipients third level institutions, Intel recently held a one day ‘Train the Trainer’ event designed for university or institute lecturers to help them develop their own customised curricula as well as sharing any existing curricula and collaborate with Intel Galileo.

To find out more about Galileo Technology visit: Intel® Galileo Gen 2 Development Board

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Some young makers try out technology at the Intel stand
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The Intel stand included a showcase area with a number of technology demos
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Intel’s Simon Bluett showcases his Galileo powered Self balancing robot

Intel at Dublin Maker 2014

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