Intel’s Curie Module lets companies build wearables out of anything

Intel spent most of 2014 shifting its focus to wearables by buying fitness band company Basis Science and creating partnerships with fashion companies. But CEO Brian Krzanich just announced a major extension of that focus at the company’s CES keynote presentation with the Intel Curie Module. It’s a low-power hardware module that could be used to build wearables out of things like rings, bags, pendants, or glasses.

The module uses a new version of Intel’s Quark chip — the Quark SE — to enable such compact wearable technologies. It’s capable of being integrated into such small form factors that Krzanich even showed it off in a coat button on stage. Curie uses Bluetooth LE and includes a low-power sensor hub, a pattern-matching accelerator…

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