Intel’s mini Internet of Things module, Curie, will power two forthcoming Arduino development boards. Arduino 101 and Genuino 101 are designed for entry-level makers and education environments.
“By partnering with Arduino, we are bringing the power of Intel to a new generation of makers,” said Josh Walden, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Technology Group in a statement. “With the advanced features of the Intel Curie module embodied in the Arduino 101 board, young learners as well as developers can now bring to life truly unique, smart and connected creations.”
Intel first announced Curie at International CES 2015. Curie is based on Intel’s smallest-ever SoC, based on a 32-bit Quark microcontroller running at 3.2 MHz with a Bluetooth Low Energy radio, and sensor hub with a “patterned ID engine,” and rechargeable or coin-cell battery.
“Curie can deliver wearables in a range of form factors—rings, bags, bracelets, pendants, and even buttons on our jackets. This changes the game of wearables,” Krzanich said in his CES keynote.
The development boards will be incorporated into a physical computing course for elementary and secondary students; Arduino has brought the course to Spain. Sweden and Ecuador but wants to move beyond in Europe and the U.S. The course was developed and tested by Arduino and has been deployed in more than 300 schools in the United States; Intel promised to work closely with Arduino to bring the program to schools across the globe in coming years.