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CES 2014: Intel shows Edison-powered onesie

Cliff Saran

Intel has unveiled a computer the size of an SD memory card to power next-generation wearable devices such as a baby onesie.

During a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, said the device, called the Edison, will help wearable device manufacturers solve real-world problems for users.

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"Wearables are not everywhere today because they aren't yet solving real problems and they aren't yet integrated with our lifestyles," said Krzanich. "We're focused on addressing this engineering innovation challenge. Our goal is, if something computes and connects, it does its best with Intel inside."

Edison is powered by x86-based Intel Quark technology. It provides built-in wireless capabilities and supports multiple operating systems, including Linux, Intel said.

Rest Devices is one of the companies using the Intel technology. At CES, the company showed how it was using the Intel technology to reduce the size and cost of its product. Using Intel Edison, Rest Devices integrated compute intelligence inside a baby onesie and eliminated the need for an external receiver. The company also reduced the size of its smart bottle warmer by more than half, Intel said.

Intel also demoed a smart stereo headphone, which incorporates Perform Tek  Biometrics from Valencell, a company that specialises in in-ear physiological monitoring technology. The Intel device takes its power directly from the audio stereo connector.

In a bid to expand the market for Intel-powered new wearable technology, the chipmaker also announced the ‘Make It Wearable’ challenge. The global effort aims to investigate factors impacting the proliferation of wearable devices and ubiquitous computing, such as meaningful usages, aesthetics, battery life, security and privacy. The challenge will award more than $1.3m in cash awards to winners.


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