Intel reveals button-size mini-IoT wearable module

LAS VEGAS – Taking another step into the emerging market for wearable devices, Intel unveiled a button-sized module called Curie in a keynote at the International CES.

Curie is based on Intel’s smallest-ever SoC, based on a Quark SE processor with a Bluetooth Low Energy radio, and sensor hub with a “patterned ID engine,” and rechargeable or coin-cell battery. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said Curie, currently a prototype, will be available in the second half of 2015.

Intel was sketchy on the exact details of the tiny Curie module.

“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 keynote.

Curie is due out in the second half of this year and comes on the heels of Intel’s partnership with Italian eye wear designer Luxottica, which owns several brands including Ray Ban and Oakley. Oakley CEO Colin Haden took the stage shortly after the Curie announcement and hammered home the need for sleek wearables.

“As a performance brand we believe integrating smart technology with eye wear is a logical future,” he said. “It’s important that the form factor compress so that the electronic component does not become burdensome. It should be seamless,” he said.

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