Intel expo-ses students to future technologies

  • Technology
  • Friday, 07 Sep 2012

FUN: An eager student taking the Intel virtual F1 racing car for a spin.

GEORGE TOWN: More than 100 students and their teachers from five secondary schools in Penang and Kedah got a special opportunity to experience the technologies of tomorrow at an expo by chipmaker Intel Corp.

Some of these technologies were an augmented-reality demonstration where you drove a virtual F1 racing car; 3D sports activities such as surfing and snowboarding; high-tech touchscreens; concept tablet computers; and videogames.

Intel Malaysia had invited the schools, which are near its manufacturing facilities in Bayan Lepas, Penang, and Kulim, Kedah, to its Sponsors of Tomorrow exhibition. The expo travels the world visiting all Intel sites, including those in Ireland, China and Vietnam.

The students and teachers from SMK Hamid Khan, SMK (P) Methodist Pulau Pinang and SMK Haji Zainul Abidin in Penang, as well as SMK Taman Kenari and SMK Taman Jelutong in Kedah were treated to live demonstrations and hands-on activities.

SMK Taman Kenari physics panel head Dr Hamidah Naina said it was a very interesting experience and that everybody had a lot of fun interacting with the many new technologies which Intel is developing, especially the 3D entertainment systems.

“We were particularly impressed by the fact that there are teams (of Malaysians) in Intel Malaysia which have contributed to the design and development of these systems,” she said.

Intel Malaysia managing director Robin Martin said the expo aims at stimulating awareness and interest in science and technology among students. It is also to show Intel employees how the company’s technologies and products benefit the world.

“Intel’s leadership in innovation has led to the development of such game-changing technologies as the Ultrabook, which is a new category in personal computing, as well as the recently launched third-generation Intel Core processor,” he said.


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