Decawave Featured in Intel CES 2016 Opening Keynote

Year after year, CES continues to top the previous year’s success of emerging new technology that will shape our future. This year promises to be no different, and it all kicks off with this year’s CES 2016 opening keynote  by Intel.

The Intel keynote debuted a live demo of the first connected air orchestra using Decawave technology. With Decawave’s Ultra-Wideband (UWB) micro-location technology paired with the Intel® Curie module, Intel had performers control virtual instruments through a wristband embedded with location sensors that could determine the position and movements of the performers’ hands in the air.

So how does this technology work and how can you literally make music appear out of thin air?

The location sensor wristbands communicated with anchors – like satellites for GPS systems– that were located above the stage. By using the Time of Flight of the RF signal between the wristbands and the anchors, the technology is able to calculate the position of the performers’ hands and produce the different musical notes in real-time. This position was then used to control the virtual instruments. This challenging set-up was implemented by Decawave system partner – Ciholas – who leveraged its expertise of Decawave technology to achieve the high accuracy and high update rates required by the demo.

Decawave was recently named the winner of Nokia’s Open Innovation Challenge for its unique micro-location technology bringing value to the IoT market, and this demo is a unique opportunity to build on that momentum and demonstrate the application of its technology.

Decawave uses micro-location ultra-wideband technology to locate any object within 10cm – a level of precision never achieved before. Compliant to the IEEE802.15.4a standard, the chip also has a data communications rate of 6.8 Mbps in wireless sensor networks (WSN); and can operate in low-power situations in line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight applications. The technology can be used in a range of applications by developers of indoor positioning systems, location-based services, Internet of Things and WSN. At CES, Decawave partners demoed applications for automotive, sports, drones and connected homes (more details in our next blogs).

This was an exciting opportunity to work closely with Intel teams and start to thinking how we could explores numerous applications to enable a smart future,” said Mickael Viot Decawave’s Vice President of Marketing. “The combination of the Intel® Curie module and Decawave’s technology could be a game changer for so many applications such as home automation based on the users’ position – lighting, music, door locks, home robots, the connected car – automatic valet parking, and drones with advanced flight control features are just a few examples. The possibilities are endless and we are looking forward to further collaboration with Intel teams and see how far we can go.”

By pairing the tiny, low power Intel® Curie module with the Decawave Ultra-Wideband (UWB) micro-location technology, we were able to untether the musician and use motion to make music.”said Lakshman Krishnamurthy, Intel Fellow, director applied innovation at Intel. “This demonstration illustrates a new wave of possibilities to create amazing experiences by redefining the boundaries of technology