Intel is pushing wearable ideas, and the concepts are pretty cool
It follows the “internet of things” motif you have probably been reading a lot about over the past year. Think of it as wearables for everything. At the Intel Developer Forum last month, the company announced a new series of CPUs, Dell announced the new Venue 8 7000 Series which will be the first to use Intel’s RealSense image processing, and Intel made sure everyone knew that it was planning to be on the inside of a lot of wearables in the future.
To bolster developer interest in this initiative, Intel has been holding a Make it Wearable contest, the finalists of which have been announced over the past couple weeks. The teams will be presenting their prototype designs at a finale event in San Francisco on November 3rd.
There are 10 finalists, of which, 8 have video previews of their developments. Of the two that do not have a video preview (yet), the first is Team BABYBE, which is building an “emotional prosthetic” designed to connect mothers and their premature baby in a NICU environment. The second is Team VUMBL, which is a sports and activity necklace that will monitor information from the body, and relay to the user via touch.
The rest of the ideas span the spectrum from pregnancy health, to modular smartwatchs, to wearable drones, an even a wearable personal thermostat. As you might imagine, all these devices use Intel chips as the control platforms, and the winner of the Make it Wearable competition will receive a handsome cash reward. Which one do you want to win?