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What do women love about their lives and their technology?

That's the topic I explored with an intimate group of female bloggers at Intel Corporation'sUpgrade Your Life event, held two weeks ago in the penthouse of the Royalton Hotel here in Manhattan.

Intel Upgrade Your Life Blogger Event NY

At first, I was convinced that I was mistakenly invited. I love social media but technology scares the hell out of me. Why would a "chip" company like Intel possibly care what this Glamamom thinks?

Turns out, in addition to being the "brains" inside 80 percent of the world's computers, Intel has spent the past decade researching women's every day lives in order to develop the next wave of advancements: technology that compliments and enhances the functionality of our existing devices rather than complicating them.

It's encouraging that Intel recognizes why I fear technology, and that women in general, think and interact with it differently than men do. This focus is helping Intel to develop devices that anticipate what we need and want and guide us accordingly. It’s called context-aware computing. Scary words but not so scary concepts.

Intel Upgrade Your Life Event New York

We had the opportunity to interact with some of Intel’s context-aware devices and I found myself excited about them. Oh the possibilities!

  • Personal Vacation Assistant is a hand-held, mobile, travel device that uses a combination of “hard sensors,” like GPS and cameras, with “soft sensors,” like our calendar and food preferences, to offer customized recommendations, as well as ways to document our trips with photos and video, all in one device. Think real-time, mobile travel guide.
  • SENS is a mobile device concept that allows us to share information about what activities we’re engaging in at any given moment with our friends/family and/or our social networks. For example, if I’m walking and talking on my mobile, an avatar of me walking and talking on the phone would be displayed on SENS for those I designate to see it.
  • Context-Aware Vehicle increases safety for drivers by combining Intel’s face recognition software with environmental sensors and the driver's personal preferences to make adjustments in the car automatically, allowing the driver to keep his/her eyes on the road. It can also alert the driver of nearby objects if he/she looks away.
  • Intel Multi App Framework allows TV viewers to simultaneously access applications and widgets that provide programming information. The framework also allows developers to design a 2D or 3D environment for TV viewers to navigate by using a traditional remote control or devices that use gesture or touch navigation.
Intel's SENS technology

It’s about time all these gadgets we’re using and lugging around start pulling their weight, isn’t it?

Would any of these new technologies enhance your life?

{In accordance with The FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that Intel Corporation covered my travel costs to attend Upgrade Your Life. Additionally, I received sample products for consideration during the event and am not expected to return these items after my review. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions and recommendations expressed herein are my own.}