Intel's so-called Neural Compute Stick 2, which debuted Wednesday in China, appears like a long, bright blue USB stick and is supposed to bring artificial intelligence and computer vision -- the ability of computers to read images and video -- to all kinds of gadgets including those managing data flowing between networks.
Intel said the super-fast gadget, which requires no fan for cooling and can be plugged into common USB ports on computers, will help spur the development of new types of intelligent devices such as smart cameras, drones or robots.
Armed with a computer and the Intel NCS 2, developers can build AI and computer vision applications quickly without even an Internet connection, the chipmaker said.
The device is designed, according to Intel, to build more intelligent AI algorithms, for building vision computing prototypes and for "deep neural network testing," which sounds slightly creepy.
The tech giant this week showed off the Neural Compute Stick 2 device at its artificial intelligence development meetup in China, dubbed the Intel AI Devcon Beijing.
The company launched its slower, first-generation Intel NCS in July 2017.
Intel AI DevCon Beijing is being attended by some 1,000 developers and researchers through Nov. 15.