January 7, 2014
Smart Onesies for Babies Deliver Vitals to Parent's Coffee Cup
Intel is diving in to the wearable computing pool with products that will make life easier for just about anyone.
Announced by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the products range from exercise gear, to baby clothes to dishes.
Krzanich said Intel is “actively pursuing a range of products and initiatives, with the goal of accelerating wearable device innovation.”
“Wearables are not everywhere today because they aren’t yet solving real problems and they aren’t yet integrated with our lifestyles,” said Krzanich. “We’re focused on addressing this engineering innovation challenge. Our goal is, if something computes and connects, it does it best with Intel inside.”
One challenge Intel has tackled is putting the minds of new parents at rest with a Smart onesie for babies. The article of clothing, also known as a bodysuit or a diaper shirt, monitors the baby’s breathing and other vitals and analyzes the data before sending it to a Smart coffee mug.
The onesie and mug are powered by Intel Edison, a new computing system inside an SD card with Wi-Fi and bluetooth connectivity and an Intel processor and multicontroller core.
In the case of the onesie, a computing system the size of a baby’s hand is stored in the 3D turtle on the item of clothing.
Other wearables include Smart earbuds that provide biometric and fitness capabilities and a Smart headset that can integrate with existing personal assistant technologies.
The Smart earbuds offer full stereo audio and also monitor the heart rate and pulse. Apps on the user’s phone keep track of run distance and calories burned.
“The product also includes Intel-developed software that can precision-tune workouts by automatically selecting music that matches the target heart rate profile and, as an added bonus, also eliminates the need for a battery or additional power source to charge the product — as it harvests energy directly from the audio microphone jack,” according to a company press release.
The Smart headset, meanwhile, is a hands-free device that integrates with existing personal assistants, like Siri for instance.
Although not wearable, Intel is also producing a Smart wireless bowl to charge the headset.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.