Intel wants to be technology enabler for wearable industry

Jun 09 2014, 10:04 IST
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The chipmaker has established a new division to explore this “tremendous market opportunity” The chipmaker has established a new division to explore this “tremendous market opportunity”
SummaryThe chipmaker has established a new division to explore this “tremendous market opportunity”

term vision is that the glue between these devices will be the cloud. The cloud is in a way empowering the wearables revolution now,” he said. Foldesi also has a reason why he thinks lifestyle brands will play an important role in this segment. “The closer it is to the body, the more personal it will become and the more people will see it as an expression of who they are.” This is why Intel has gone ahead and announced a number of different collaborations with the fashion industry.

But while there is no doubt as to whether wearables will revolutionise computing, Intel is not looking at it as something that will end the use of either smartphones, tablets or PCs. “I think it is going to be a new compute paradigm. It is too early to tell how the market will progress, but we will see new usage models that are not available now on other devices. Our goal is to provide the tools and give entrepreneurs the ingredients to unleash their productivity.”

Galileo and Edison

Intel has created two different development boards to empower the maker community and hobbyists working on wearable devices. Galileo is primarily targeted at hobbyists and education institutions and has a very simple programming interface to help innovation in this space. Intel is donating 50,000 of these boards to universities worldwide.

Edison, in contrast, is a much smaller form factor but a very powerful solution targeted at the professional maker community and entrepreneurs. To kickstart innovation, Intel has announced a Make It Wearable challenge with a visionary track and a build it track. The 10 finalists will each get a $50,000 grant and significant executive mentoring to get their idea off the block.

The grand prize winner will get $5,00,000.

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