Intel boss looks to amateurs for wearable tech

Brian Krzanich extols potential in hobbyists to invent next-gen category

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Intel boss looks to amateurs for wearable tech Krzanich: The trick to making the perfect wearable is going to be when you figure out what problems you're trying to solve. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 18, 2014

Intel Corp's chief executive Brian Krzanich is looking to amateur inventors for fresh ideas in the upcoming battle for the wearable computing device market, Reuters reported.

At annual tech innovation summit, the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, Krzanich said: "The trick to making the perfect wearable is going to be when you figure out what problems you're trying to solve, and I don't think you're going to be able to build a wearable that does it all for everyone... Who better to design the next athletic wearable than an athlete?"

Intel is among a number of tech companies planning for the next industry upheaval, as smartphone shipments growth starts to slow. A number of vendors have already released wristwatch companion devices for smartphones, but sales have been limited. Headgear devices may receive greater interest, but Google Glass remains in beta and Samsung's rival Gear Glass will not be released until September.

Sony and Epson reportedly have forthcoming smart eyewear products, while Apple, Microsoft, and LG Electronics have all filed smart glass-related patent applications. Krzanich's comments reflect a view that, since the wearable category is in its infancy and has not been properly defined, it may be more difficult to create a catchall product than it was with smartphones.

"These are the future engineers, the future scientists, the guys who will be inventing the next companies that create great products, whether it's the next Google or Apple," he said.

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