At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week, the tech company’s partnerships and computing innovations push boundaries in the wearables market.
New technological advances and partnerships with market leaders, however, mean Intel is poised to help wearables become even smarter — and whole a lot more fashionable.
At his keynote during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco this week, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich spoke about the wearables movement and how the tech company has an opportunity to be a leader in the ever-evolving marketplace.
“The wearables ecosystem has been one of the most vibrant areas of computing,” he said. “We believe the sky’s the limit for wearables.”
Wearables Partnerships Mean Smart Future
“We believe that wearable technology is taking the world into new realms, and making technology personal and seamless to use,” said Ayse Ildeniz, Vice President of Intel’s New Devices Group.
“By partnering with leaders including Opening Ceremony, Barneys, Fossil Group, TAG Heuer and Luxottica Group, Intel is bringing together great minds outside of the technology industry to join us in this pursuit.”
In 2014, Intel teamed up with fashion house Opening Ceremony to debut MICA (My Intelligent Communications Accessory), a cuff bracelet that lets the wearer get text messages, Google and Facebook reminders, calendar alerts from TomTom and business recommendations by Yelp.
All About Intel Curie
“We see a very important role in this for Intel where we believe we can push the boundaries through our computing innovation,” said Ildeniz. One of the ways Intel is pushing the boundaries is via a new, low-power hardware module called Intel Curie.
The technology, which is small enough to fit into a button, houses the Intel Quark SE system on a chip (SOC) that integrates the power of a full-sized computer into a single chip.
The hardware module also includes a Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensors, battery-charging capabilities and pattern-matching capabilities. It runs on an Intel software platform created specifically for Intel Curie.
All of these features mean the module is specifically designed to power wearable devices and other consumer and industrial edge devices.
“The small form factor module combined with Intel’s wearable platform, which includes hardware, wearable OS, Intel IQs and cloud services, is a very attractive option for customers who quickly want to turn innovative ideas into products,” Ildeniz explained.
Traditionally, wearables have been the purview of engineers and tinkerers, but Krzanich presented an opportunity to bring them to the masses. In his IDF keynote, he announced a partnership with Turner Broadcasting and United Artists Media Group to debut America’s Greatest Makers.
The TV show, which will air in the spring, pits creative minds against one another to come up with the next big thing in wearable technology and smart connected devices. Those interested in competing can submit entries now through Oct. 2, 2015 on America’s Greatest Makers.
The show is the next evolution of Intel’s Make It Wearable competition. Last year, contestants used Intel Edison to power wearable devices. This year, contestants will get the Intel Curie platform to create smart and wearable tech.
Edison is essentially a tiny computer and development platform for emerging entrepreneurs in search of quick prototyping capabilities. Curie is better suited for supporting consumer and industrial devices and, of course, wearables.
“We think the wearable space will require a massive, connected ecosystem like we’ve never seen before,” Ildeniz said, aware that up until now the adoption rate for wearables has been slow.
Although the tech company has some serious wearable projects under its belt already, Ildeniz said it’s only the beginning. “We are excited to see new wearables being developed on our platform.”
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