Intel has introduce a tiny computer intended to help just about anyone to build a wearable device. Based on the Intel Quark SoC, the Curie Module has integrated 6-axis combo sensor with an accelerometer and gyroscope, low energy BlueTooth, and a DSP sensor hub.
The Intel Curie can be integrated into all sort of devices, accessories, and even clothing. Intel says that it can be used in rings, bags, bracelets, pendants, fitness trackers, and even buttons. Essentially, this is like the Intel Edison or the Raspberry Pi on an even smaller scale. The hope is that it will allow manufacturers to skip the step of building new circuits or configuring BlueTooth controllers by simply including the Curie as part of the design.
To speed up the development of wearables, Intel is also offering an operating system and several reference applications called the Intel IQ Software Kit. In it will be software that enables the Curie to count steps, calculate calories burnt, visual notifications, and device-to-device communication. Everything a budding inventor needs to build a wearable of their own.
The Intel Curie Module will be made available in Q2 of this year, although no price has been announced.