Curie: A Button-Size Wearable Computer

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is happening right now and people all over are keeping an eye on all of the gadgets that are making their debut at this year’s show.  At the show, Intel introduced its new product: a wearable computer. This product will mean that wearable gadgets won’t be overly bulky or awkward. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich pulled a button off of his blazer during the show and then explained that it housed the Curie module.

The module includes a Bluetooth low-energy radio, motion sensors, and mechanisms that can distinguish different types of physical activity – and this can all be done with a simple coin-size battery inside the Curie. Intel is the world’s largest chip maker and believes that wearables are one of the most important up and coming categories in electronics. In fact, they aren’t the only company recognizing this phenomenon. Wearable gadgets have been a huge part of the Consumer Electronics Show so far this year. (1)

Intel has already made the Curie functional and the product was demonstrated by the CEO during his presentation. The Curie had a step-tracking smartphone app built into it and at one point, he pulled the phone out and was able to show that he had taken over 1,700 steps during the speech. Intel has also started partnering with other companies that could benefit from using the Curie, such as Luxottica, which makes eyeglasses for Oakley and Ray-Ban.

Wearable gadgets like this are becoming part of the future of electronics and soon, they will become part of how we interact with people. Oakley CEO Colin Baden believes that wearable devices will become part of people’s personalities over time, explains that for this reason, devices should not be bulky, awkward, uncomfortable, or burdensome in any way. 

Wearable technology will change the way we work, play, and socialize: for both good and bad. Moderation is key, and it's important to not lose focus on real life as real life integrates with the digital world.

1. Metz, Rachel. “CES 2015: Intel Demos a Button-Size Wearable Computer.” January 7, 2015. Technology Review.

Accessed January 7, 2015.