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Intel Announces Slew of Wearable Computing At CES 2014: Smartwatch, SD Card Sized PC And More
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich outlined a range of products, initiatives and strategic relationships aimed at accelerating innovation across a range of mobile and wearable devices as well as individual inventors' own connected creations. He made the announcements during the pre-show keynote for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014.
Intel's CEO highlighted number of wearable reference devices, including smart earbuds that provide biometric and fitness capabilities, a smart headset that is always ready to engage and can integrate with existing personal assistant technologies to make the consumer experience more intuitive, and a smart wireless charging bowl.
The Intel CEO also announced the company's collaborations with Barneys New York, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Opening Ceremony to explore and bring to market new smart wearable technologies, and to increase dialogue and cooperation between the fashion and technology industries.
Underscoring this point, Krzanich announced Intel Edison, a new Intel Quark technology-based computer housed in an SD card form factor with built-in wireless capabilities and support for multiple operating systems.
Take a look at the sliders below for all the products that Intel unveiled at the CES 2014 this year:
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich recently announced that the company is developing its own Smart Watch and obviously it will compete with all the three major manufacturers like Sony, Pebble and Samsung in the wearable device section. Unlike its competitors, the device is not meant to be connected with the smartphone. Thus it is an independently functioning smartwatch. It also features geo fencing, allowing it to give the wearer notifications based on location.
Intel Edison is a new Quark technology-based computer housed in an SD card form factor with built-in wireless. The product-ready, general purpose compute platform is well-suited to enable rapid innovation and product development when available this summer.
Intel Smart Earbuds Reference Design
Intel has developed a reference design for smart earbuds that provide biometric and fitness information. The Intel smart earbuds provide full stereo audio, monitor heart rate and pulse all while the applications on the user's phone keep track of run distance and calories burned. The product also includes Intel-developed software that can precision-tune workouts by automatically selecting music that matches the target heart rate profile and, as an added bonus, also eliminates the need for a battery or additional power source to charge the product -- as it harvests energy directly from the audio microphone jack.
Intel Smart Wireless Charging Bowl Reference Design
Intel has developed a reference design for a smart wireless charging bowl. The reference design complements Intel's smart headset, helping to make charging more convenient. Simply drop the smart headset into the smart charging bowl and it will begin to wirelessly recharge. The bowl can simultaneously charge multiple devices.
Intel Rest Devices
The smart Baby Onesie (Mimo) from Rest Devices monitors baby's vitals and analyses the data for parents so that they can rest easy. Based on Intel Edison, all the functionalities of the Baby Onesie were able to fit into a 'turtle' (sensors plus mini-PC of a size of a baby's hand) that is attached to the Baby Onesie, eliminating the need of an external receiver.
Intel RealSense 3D camera
Intel also announced its RealSense 3D camera which is the world's first and smallest integrated user facing 3D camera. Early systems from Asus, Lenovo and Dell with the integrated Intel RealSense 3D camera.