At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Shenzhen, China, April 8 and 9, company CEO Brian Krzanich demonstrated continued improvements in Curie, a button-sized microcomputer based on the Intel 32-bit Quark SE system on a chip for wearable devices. Krzanich wore a Curie-powered wristband and controlled four machine spiders using a series of hand gestures that caused them to rise and stand on their legs, lift a limb, and go to sleep. He was even able to change the colors of LEDs on the robots.
The Curie module was introduced at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, and is intended to be available later this year. It includes a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, which, according to Popular Science' s Dan Moren , are what is used to detect arm gestures. As part of the IDF demonstration, the device used a Bluetooth low-energy module to transmit the commands to the robotic spiders. Additional features of Curie include a low-power integrated DSP sensor hub and pattern-matching technology, 348 kB Flash memory, 80 kB SRAM, and battery-charging circuitry. According to Krzanich, Curie “is power efficient and can run for extended periods of time from a coin-sized battery.” Other possible targets for embedding in the wearables market include bags, jewelry, fitness trackers, and buttons.
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