Intel Demos Processor Running on Red Wine at IDF
Powering processors and your next hangover.
IDF yielded a ton of new gadgets, but things got really interesting towards the end of the conference. The Register reports that Intel showed off a processor powered by wine on day three of IDF.
According to the Reg, Intel's Dr Genevieve Bell demoed a low-powered CPU and accelerometer powered by a glass of red wine. The demo was based on the same principal as the timeless potato battery experiment. The electrodes placed in the glass reacted with the wine's acetic acid and produced a current. Bell jokingly referenced the first miracle of Jesus (water into wine) while speaking at IDF:
"Some people turn water into wine, here at Intel, we're turning wine into electricity," she's quoted as saying. "It's possible to start imagining a world of incredibly low power but also with high performance, which will help unburden us, help us do things that are remarkable and gives the ability to power things like constant sensing, communication, and computing, all of which are necessary for our mobile future."