Intel's Newest Wearable Module: Intel® Curie™

Last year this month Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich introduced the world to the Intel® Edison chip. This year he is introducing to us the Intel® Curie™, a button sized module using the Intel® Quark™ SE SoC designed for wearables.. 

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Intel® Curie™ is designed to be efficient at always-on applications in form factors such as rings, bags, fitness trackers, and shoes, to name a few. 

The Intel® Curie™ module includes:

  • Low power, 32-Bit Intel® Quark™ microcontroller 
  • 384kB flash memory and 80kB SRAM
  • 6-Axis accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Battery charging circuitry (PMIC)

Intel has created a software kit for wearable technology called Intel® IQ Software. This software kit has been created to help developers and companies create fast wearables applications using Intel technology by including device software, software for smartphone applications, cloud software and analytics capabilities. Currently they have released two software kits called Intel Body IQ and Intel Social IQ.

Intel Body IQ has a range of capabilities. To name a few, Intel Body IQ has algorithms and functions for counting steps, calculation of calories burned daily, and visual device notifications for status of the user. Intel Social IQ includes a few functions like device-to-device single state communication, notifications for user designated calls, SMS, social network notifications, and  cloud portal for device companies to push brand notifications. 

The Intel® Curie™ module should come as no surprise to people, as Intel has been putting a strong emphasis onto wearable technology in fitness and clothing with products and initiatives such as: 

  • Basis Peak
  • Fossil Group
  • Luxottica Group
  • MICA bracelet
  • SMS Audio
  • Intel Wearable Challenge

Mike Bell, Intel Vice President and GM of Intel's New Devices Group, was quoted saying

“In the future, we will see wearable
products created by companies that
have historically never used silicon
before…It’s now up to the
ecosystem to innovate with this
technology; rings, bags, bracelets,
pendants and yes, buttons, will all
be possible.”

Intel® Curie™ is slated for release in the second half of 2015. 

For more information on the Intel® Curie™:

Press Release: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wearables/wearable-soc.html

FAQ: http://download.intel.com/newsroom/kits/ces/2015/pdfs/Intel_CURIE_Module_Factsheet.pdf

Information on Intel® IQ Software can be found here: http://blogs.intel.com/technology/2014/08/designing-great-wearables-experience/ 

 

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