In early January, Intel showcased the growth of wearable technology, which is creating a new playing field for innovation, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The impact that such technology will have on the enterprise and its open cloud environments should not be overlooked.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich disclosed plans for the Intel Curie module (PDF), a tiny hardware product based on the company’s first purpose-built system on a chip (SoC) for wearable devices. The module is scheduled to ship in the second half of this year, and includes the Intel Quark SE SoC, a Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensors, and battery charging.
Intel has been actively pursuing the wearable technology segment, and since Krzanich revealed several projects at CES 2014, the company has announced multiple products and initiatives with different fashion, fitness, and lifestyle brands. These efforts include Basis Peak (PDF), Fossil Group, Luxottica Group, MICA and Opening Ceremony, SMS Audio, and the Intel “Make it Wearable” challenge.
The appeal of wearable technology is down to the rich data generated by the devices, which is stored and analysed in the cloud. The ability to access these insights from the cloud — anywhere, anytime — enables wearable technology users to boost their intelligence.