Small and smart
Intel has been showing off the Curie at CES. What is it? It's the company’s first SoC – that’s ‘software on a chip’ – for wearable devices and it’s a button-sized computer which is meant to power all kinds of wearables (which are the big noise at CES this time around). Intel says Curie can power wearable intelligence for form factors ranging from rings, bags, bracelets, pendants and fitness trackers.
“In the future, we will see wearable products created by companies that have historically never used silicon before,” says Mike Bell, gm, new devices group, Intel. “It’s now up to the ecosystem to innovate with this technology.”
To speed up the development of wearables based on the Curie module, Intel is offering a software solution which includes a real-time operating system together with wearable apps know as Intel IQ Software Kits. They include embedded software and companion smartphone applications, along with – of course - cloud capabilities.