Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced “Edison” a “Full Pentium Class PC” the size and shape of an SD card. He made the announcement at the CES 2014. The PC is powered by Intel’s Dual-core Quark SOC, runs Linux and has both WIFI and Bluetooth connectivity. the tiny machine can connect to its own app store. the “computer” is meant to be used in wearable smart devices like a health tracker or in everyday products like coffee mugs that has to be connected to the internet. The “Little PC” will be available later in 2014
Intel showed some of the uses of the “little PC” in a small collection of “Nursery 2.0” products using embedded Edison chips: a toy frog that reports an infant’s vitals to a parent via an LED coffee cup, and a milk warmer that starts heating when another connected item like the frog hears the baby cry. Intel CEO is quoted saying; “Wearables are not everywhere today because they aren’t yet solving real problems and they aren’t yet integrated with our lifestyles, We’re focused on addressing this engineering innovation challenge. Our goal is, if something computes and connects, it does it best with Intel inside”
The Economic Times believe that;
Edison is Intel’s attempt to not repeat the mistake it made in the smartphone market. With smartphones and tablets, Intel failed to see the trend and did not address the market properly until 2012. Now when the companies are expected to push smart glasses and smart watches, Intel intends to not repeat the mistake it made earlier.
We look forward to how wearable tech can actually become useful in solving real life problems other than just fancy tech attire to complement the latest fashion trends. Intel understands this and will be injecting $1.3 million in prize money for developers making wearable tech in a contest