Details about Intel achievements last year (mentioned in the 2nd half of this video as well): 2014: A bleeding edge effort in chips (SoC), COM and software technology (inc. Wind River) for already marketable wearables by Intel has enabled its overall 2015 strategy in IoT and allows to expand its wearable ecosystem with an ‘art of the possible in technology’ article of Dec 11, 2014 – Jan 3, 2015 on this same blog to present Intel’s much more advanced state of its 5G effort (albeit not named as such) than either Ericsson’s or Qualcomm’s. See the 5G 2015⇒2019 analytical page of Dec 30, 2014 for details on the latter.
A “dedicated sensor hub processor and pattern classification engine” (as per Intel CEO Brian Kranich) based on the low-power 32-bit Intel Quark SE SoC with:
- 384kB Flash memory,
- 80kB SRAM and
- a low-power integrated DSP sensor hub with a proprietary pattern matching accelerator that allows it to identify different motions and activities
quickly and accurately
This is coming in a fairly unique and novel circularly shaped PCB module with dimensions of a US dime approximately (~18mm diameter) that can power a solution the size of a button. The PCB module is also containing the other essential components needed to bring digital capabilities, including wireless connectivity, to wearables such as :
- Bluetooth low-energy radio
- 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope
- battery charging circuitry (PMIC)
“This product just came fresh from our labs, so to show you that it’s working, we created a simple app,” Intel CEO Brian Kranich said at CES 2015. He demonstrated how the button-sized Intel Curie Module was measuring his steps and sending that data to an app on his smartphone.
It is ideal for “always-on” applications such as social media, sports and fitness activities. This can enable efficient and intelligent wearable solutions for a broad range of form factors—including rings, bags, bracelets, pendants, fitness trackers, even buttons. The module has been designed from the outset to be very power efficient. It can run for extended periods from a coin-sized battery.
To speed the development of wearable products based on the Intel Curie module, Intel is providing a complete software solution that includes a small and efficient real-time operating system (RTOS) together with reference wearable applications called Intel® IQ Software Kits. These software kits are designed to help fashion, sports and lifestyle companies incorporate advanced functionality into their wearable designs, help speed time-to market, and ultimately provide people with a product experience that offers greater utility and value. The kits include the embedded software that runs on the module together with companion smartphone applications and associated cloud capabilities.
The module is scheduled to ship in the second half of this year.
“In the future, we will see wearable products created by companies that have historically never used silicon before…It’s now up to the ecosystem to innovate with this technology; rings, bags, bracelets, pendants and yes, buttons, will all be possible.”
–Michael A. Bell, corporate vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group for Intel
From Congratulations to ESA Rosetta team on successful comet landing! post of Nov 12, 2014 by Paul Parkinson on Wind River blog:
Wind River has recently expanded the potential options available to system architects by providing the VxWorks 7 Microkernel Profile, which brings DSP RTOS levels of extreme scalability to general purpose processors – enabling an application to be scaled to a footprint as small as 20kbytes, which can be used to achieve extremely fast boot times and operate in extremely resource-constrained environments for applications on earth and in deep space.
“The VxWorks Microkernel is a small footprint, highly optimized operating system designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s wearable and IoT technologies. … Design, develop, debug, and test kernel features, drivers, and/or BSPs [Board Support Packages] for the VxWorks Microkernel Real Time Operating System (VxMicro RTOS)”
–from Wind River Job Ads
From Designing a Great Wearables Experience post of Aug 6, 2014 by Michael A. Bell on Technology@Intel blog:
Intel® IQ Software Kits
Intel® IQ Software Kits are a set of software and features that will enable a number of different functions on wearable devices developed using Intel technology. These software kits will package together the related algorithms, device software, software for smartphone apps, and cloud software for device management and analytics capabilities.
As a first step, we are announcing the first two software kits to enable capabilities related to people’s biometric information and social interactions, called Intel Body IQ and Intel Social IQ, respectively.
Intel Body IQ software will enable a range of capabilities for measuring a person’s biometric information, such as:
- Counting steps
- Calculating calories burned throughout the day
- Automatic and real-time recognition of activity
- Walking, Running and Biking
- Smart notifications based on customized goals
- Visual device notifications for status
- Richer visualization of data and status on companion smartphone app
- Full visualization and summary of all personal data through a cloud portal
Intel Social IQ software will enable a range of capabilities tracking a person’s social interactions, such as:
- User designated phone calls, SMS and social network notifications
- Device-to-device single state social communication
- Notifications related to the brand of the device, sent by device OEM
- Accompanying phone app to configure filtering options
- Cloud portal for device company to push brand notifications
The Intel Body and Social IQ software kits include smartphone and cloud components that complete the experience by providing rich visualization, analytics and device management capabilities, both for the users and customer brands.
Through Intel IQs we look forward to providing our customers with the option to more easily integrate advanced technology into their designs. As we continue to push the boundaries of wearable tech and explore new capabilities, our goal is to evolve the software kits over time and expand with even more compelling capabilities.
We believe that wearable technology will reach its true potential when designers at sports, fashion, lifestyle and even technology companies have the freedom and latitude to distill their vision and design experience into smart devices.