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January 7, 2015

Intel’s Curie Can Make Smallest Wearable Smart

Intel's Brian Krzanich holds the Intel Curie™ button-sized prototype.

Intel may soon be a force to be reckoned with in the wearable market courtesy of a dime-sized chip unveiled by the company Tuesday at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

BK_Button2_TWDubbed Curie, the device includes a processor, Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensors and battery charging. Due to its tiny size, Curie can be used to power even small wearable items like rings, bags, bracelets, pendants, fitness trackers — even buttons.

First up to be powered by Curie is Smart eyeware. CEO Brian Krzanich announced Intel would be partnering with Oakley “to fuse premium, luxury and sports eyewear with smart technology.”

Oakley CEO Colin Baden, who joined Krzanich on stage at the CES, said the firms are working on a product designed to enhance athletes’ performance. It is to be available later this year.

Curie is awaiting authorization from the Federal Communications Commission, however, so the product will not ship until that is received.

Intel last month announced its partnership with Luxottica, an Italian company that controls more than 80 percent of the world’s major eyewear brands, including Oakley. The multi-year research and development deal is a bid to “deliver smart, fashion-forward products that are meaningful and desirable to consumers.”

Luxottica Group CEO Massimo Vian said the partnership will “expand the limits of what eyewear can be.”

“We’ll lead the change to create frames that are as intelligent and functional as they are beautiful,” he said. “Products that consumers will love to wear.”


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.