We told you this CES was going to be dedicated to wearables and Intel has jumped onto the bandwagon too. Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich announced “a full Pentium-class PC” that is as small as a regular SD card and is a mini computer built specifically for wearable computing.
Called Edison, it comes only months after Intel unveiled the Quark SoC at the IDF. The processor was built for wearable computing too. The dual-core Quark SoC powers Edison now. The mini computer is built on Intel’s 22nm transistor technology and comes with built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules. Edison runs on Linux.
Wearables to get Intel inside
Interestingly, Edison will have its own app store and aims to provide a platform to developers who wish to build apps for wearables in the future. The Verge reports that at the CES, Intel had a little demonstration session for Edison too.
The company showed off “Nursery 2.0” products to show how Edison could be a wearable device to monitor toddlers. Edison, embedded on to the child’s clothes or toys, will inform the parent of the baby’s vital statistics like temperature, heart rate etc. This information will be displayed on an LED coffee mug. When the baby was comfortable, the mug would display blinking green lights with a happy face and when the baby was uncomfortable, the face would turn red. Another application displayed was Edison switching a bottle warmer on even as it recognises that the baby is about to wake up, so you have a bottle ready in time for it.
Intel is taking the quest to find good wearable tech to the next level by offering prizes up to $1.3 million to developers. Details of the contest are not out yet and you will only be able to lay your hands on Edison only by the middle of this year, but the wait may just be worth it for consumers as well as developers.