At CES 2014, Intel introduced “Edison”, a super-tiny computer that fits right in the shape of a traditional SD card. The miniature PC is constructed using the chipmaker’s 22nm technology used on Intel’s Pentium CPUs. As much as I want this tiny device doesn’t run Windows, instead it runs a version of Linux and features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this small form factor device is that it comes with its own app store.
In any way Intel is planning “Edison” to be a device for the average user. This is a piece of hardware intended for developers to get started in the next generation of wearable, cloud-powered, devices. Just as an example, at CES 2014, Intel is showing what’s possible with “Edison” in “Nursery 2.0”, that embeds the new chip in a toy frog that collects a child’s vitals and reports them back to a parent via an LED coffee cup, and there is also a milk warmer that automatically starts warming the milk when it hears the baby is crying.
To make things a little more interesting, Intel is also announcing the “Make it Wearable” contest, that will offer up to $1.3 million in prizes for developers who creates wearable gadgets. Information on the competition is yet to be announced, but the company said that the first prize will get $500,000.