Some of Intel's engineers have created a number of applications to demonstrate what 80-core processors could do for regular consumers:
A well-cored computer could, for example, make those tedious home movies more tolerable both for the family producing the films and people subjected to screenings of "The Day Johnny Ate a Lollipop by Himself."
Intel and partners, for example, have created software that eliminates jitter from video recordings.
The wife's grand ski run has never looked better with her top form coming through clearly despite your shaky hands. Soon, a company such as YouTube could offer the jitter removal as an option, and the home PC could do the dirty work crunching code to improve the clip.
In the same arena, Intel has mastered an application that can scan a lengthy home video of, say, your son's soccer football game and pull out the highlights from when the youngling scored a goal or maimed that jerk kid from down the block. Intel's code searches the video for spikes in cheering or fierce on field activity to locate the best bits of a game. It can also zero in on individual players and track them throughout the contest.
"Grandma is not going to sit there for an hour watching the game, but she will sit there and watch a five-minute highlight reel," one Intel lab staffer told us, during our recent visit to the company's Santa Clara nerdery.
Intel also showed off some software that lets users manipulate objects on a screen with the aid of a PC camera. You can see one example of this software in action below – vulture bubbles always an excellent choice.