Intel: Wearables and Dual OS

This week at CES, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich demoed smart watches and smart earbuds with biometric and fitness capabilities and wireless charging, Intel Edison, a new Intel® Quark technology-based computer housed in an SD card, and support for both Windows and Android in a single device.

A wireless earpiece connected to a user’s phone, can passively “listen” to its owner. “If you address it directly, it wakes up,” said Mike Bell, the head of Intel’s new devices program. A so-called “charging bowl” recharge wireless devices with electromagnetic energy. Intel’s “Make It Wearable” challenge will offer cash awards to create wearable devices and apps.

Intel’ smart earbud is connected to and powered through your phone’s audio jack. “An app, your phone, and a smart earbud, and you can go on your run you can go on your bike ride, and everything’s there,” Krzanich explained.

Intel is competing with Pebble, Samsung, Qualcomm and others with its own smartwatch. Unlike its competitors, Intel’s prototype smartwatch needn’t be tethered to a smartphone to function. It requires no tethering and features smart geofencing, which can show when someone has strayed outside the predetermined zone.

Intel has partnered with brands like Barney’s New York and the Council of the Fashion Designers of America to collaborate on bringing future wearables to market.

Intel’s Edison features a low-power 22nm 400MHz Intel Quark processor with two cores, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Intel Edison board can trigger actions on other connected devices. It enables much of Intel’s wearable product line.

Support for multiple operating systems is available in the Intel Core i7 processor-powered Transformer Book Duet (TD 300), a $599 convertible notebook-tablet from Asus that lets users switch between Windows and Android in either laptop or tablet modes with just one touch.

How Intel supports the two operating systems and how OEMs handle Android and Windows on a single device has yet to be detailed. Dual OS could be based on either emulation or virtualization.

The CEO said Intel plans to offer elements of McAfee mobile security products for free to help guard today’s most popular mobile devices and unveiled the Intel Security brand, which will replace the McAfee brand, whose namesake appears short of a full deck.

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