CES 2015: Intel unveils button-sized wearable PC

CES 2015: Intel shows off Curie wearable prototype and Nixie's wearable drone

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CES 2015: Intel unveils button-sized wearable PC Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, holding the Curie wearable prototype. (Getty Images)
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By  Mark Sutton Published  January 8, 2015

Intel has revealed a new button-sized PC which is meant for wearable solutions, at CES 2015.

The Curie module is based on Intel's purpose-built system-on-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, Bluetooth low-energy radio, 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope, and battery charging. It also has 384kB flash memory and 80kB SRAM.

The prototype Curie, which has not yet been approved by the US FCC, was unveiled by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, at a keynote speech at CES 2015. The small form factor is intended to be usable in a variety of form factors, including rings, bags, bracelets, pendants and fitness trackers.

Intel also announced a strategic wearables collaboration with sportswear company Oakley. Other announcements at CES 2015 from Intel included a 3-D collaboration with HP; and True Key, a new cross-platform application by Intel Security that uses personal factors like the face, device or fingerprint to make logging in easier and safer.

The company also announced new applications for Intel RealSense cameras spanning robots, flying multi-copter drones and 3-D immersive experiences; and a broad, new Diversity in Technology initiative, which includes a $300 million investment to encourage more diversity at Intel and within the technology industry at large.

"The rise of new personal computing experiences, intelligent and connected devices, and the wearable revolution are redefining the relationship between consumers and technology," said Krzanich. "Our goal with Intel technology is to help solve real problems and enable experiences that are truly desired by people and businesses. In order to do this, we must also do more to lead the growth of diversity and inclusion within the technology industry. Women and under-represented minorities will continue to play a greater role as consumers, influencers, creators and leaders."

Krzanich also highlighted Nixie, the 2014 "Make it Wearable" challenge winner and the first wearable camera that can fly. Nixie rests on your wrist like a bracelet, then unfolds and takes flight on cue to take the perfect shot of you in the moment.

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