Jan 08, 2014

    Intel works on wearable tech


    INTEL chief executive Brian Krzanich took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday, showing that the chipmaker is working to stay relevant as consumers switch to mobile devices for computing tasks.

    With PC sales falling and smartphone growth tapering off, Intel and other technology companies are betting that movement-sensing bracelets, biometric patches and other wearable electronic devices may catch on with consumers and become major markets.

    Intel dominates the PC industry, but it has been slow to adapt its processors for smartphones and tablets, markets now dominated by rivals like Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics.

    In his keynote presentation at the technology show, Mr Krzanich introduced sample gadgets that Intel is promoting to consumer-device manufacturers.

    "We're looking at a broad ecosystem of wearables, not just the device or the silicon," he said.

    The company unveiled a tiny computer built with Intel's low-power Quark technology and packaged in an SD-card form factor, aimed at making it easy for clothing and gadget makers to integrate the platform into wearable products.