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Computex 2015: Intel's war on wires enters the conference room

The conference room has become the latest front where Intel thinks it can remove wires, entering the fray with its Unite product.

The path to a world with no wires has taken a detour into the conference room, with Intel today announcing Unite, a product that pairs a mini PC powered by one of its vPro processors connected to a monitor or projector, and client meeting software for attendees to interact.

As the connection to the mini PC for data and display is wireless, off-site attendees will be able to connect to meetings and share their screen, add comments to content appearing on-screen, and share files like an on-site user connected to Unite.

Data is encrypted with 256-bit SSL, and attendees need to enter a rotating pin to join.

Unite started out as an internal grassroots project, Intel client computing group vice president, Chris Walker told ZDNet.

"It went viral within our company as people clamoured for it in conference rooms," Walker said. "It really is a lot easier, it saves a ton of time."

"We had found that people do have personal content on their machines that they want to share out, and not just be a curated Chromecast environment, and have that flexibility."

The Unite product is far from complete though, Intel has already flagged that it wants to extend the product to control room lights, speakerphones, cameras, and room temperature, as well as working with existing conferencing solutions, such as Cisco TelePresence and Microsoft Lync, and calendar software.

Unite software is currently only available for Windows and OS X, with Android, iOS, and Chrome support being lined up for the future.

Intel said it is working with Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, and Lenovo on Unite.

Disclosure: Chris Duckett attended Computex as a guest of Intel.