A wine-powered computer processor? We'll drink to that

Daniel Bean
Wine powered processor
Intel's wine-powered processor project (courtesy of Gizmodo)

This processor might need a designated driver.

During the wrap-up of Intel's yearly developer forum, the chipmaker typically showcases its latest wonky projects. This year was no exception, as the company displayed a superefficient processor that can run on wine.

As reported by The Register, Intel’s Genevieve Bell used two electrodes to pull enough current from the acetic acid in a glass of red wine to power a processor and accelerometer during one presentation.

"Some people turn water into wine, here at Intel we're turning wine into electricity," Bell said.

Though this kind of technology may not be ready for prime time just yet, Bell explained that the wine project is an example of the kind of innovation that will be necessary for further progress in mobile devices.

Bell went on to say, "It's possible to start to imagine 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."

Of course Intel’s 2013 Developer Forum wasn’t all about adult beverage powered CPUs. A new line of Google Chromebooks and Chromeboxes from Acer, Asus, Toshiba and HP were introduced, featuring the high performance, power-sipping fourth generation Intel Core Haswell processor. Dell and Asus also showed off new Windows 8.1 Intel “Bay Trail” Atom processor tablet devices.

We're most interested, however, in this boozy new Intel processor. Many of you already operate your computer with some wine in you; so why can't your processor, too?

You can read more about Intel's wine-powered chip at The Register.