Intel doesn’t normally have a lot of dedicated Chromebook hardware at CES, but this year it did announce a few intriguing tidbits. First, the company revealed that Chromebooks come with Brand Intel Evo, its new name for the refined Project Athena machines. These will be the first Chromebooks to include support for Thunderbolt, which will allow them to support faster external hard drives and other accessories.
Notably, Intel Evo Chromebooks will also include the corporate visual sensing technology, code name “Clover Falls”. Quietly announced last month, it’s a low-powered companion AI chip that can do things like automatically lock your computer when you move away or dim your screen if you’re looking at your phone. These kinds of features could help you save battery and give you better security if you are dealing with sensitive data. During a brief web demo with an Intel representative, it seemed to work fine – the visual sensing chip only took about a second to lock a PC after they got out of their chair.