was late to the mobile revolution, but it won't miss out on the
next wave of high-tech innovation. From its "Make It Wearable
Challenge" to its fashionable tech collaboration with Barney's
New York, Intel has set its sights on the burgeoning wearable
technology market. This could prove a prescient move for the
chipmaker considering the global wearables market is on track to
generate $10 billion by 2016, according to research from
It now appears Intel will stop at nothing to dominate this
The tech giant is attacking the nascent wearables market from
all angles these days. Last week, Intel announced a partnership
, a watch and accessories maker, to bring emerging trends in the
wearable technology space to market. It makes sense that Intel
would partner with Fossil on this front. The fashion brand's
products are sold in department stores and specialty retail
stores in the U.S. and roughly 150 countries worldwide today.
This type of distribution network will allow Intel to get its
technology into hundreds of stores in one fell swoop.
However, an even more impressive way to corner the wearables
market is to make sure you've got the most innovative ideas on
the planet. That's where Intel's global wearables contest comes
Meet Intel's Make It Wearable Challenge
What better way to beat competitors to the punch than by
crowdsourcing ideas on a global scale? That's essentially what
Intel is doing with its "Make It Wearable" challenge. Here's how
it works: Intel will award a whopping $1.3 million in cash grants
to winners of its wearable tech contest. The chipmaker kicked off
the competition at the consumer electronics show in January. A
handful of cutting-edge finalists have been chosen since
The contest was broken into two segments, a "Visionary Track"
for forward-thinking ideas and a "Development Track," which
rewarded concepts centered on feasible technology that could be
build immediately. Finalists have been chosen for both segments
of the contest and the final development track winner will be
announced on November 11, 2014.
Here are some of the coolest gadgets from Intel's pool of
One of the standout wearable devices from the visionary track
A Social Monitor
" for kids. This product is easily attached to a child's clothing
where it then monitors everything from the child's location to
voice recognition software that can help parents better
understand their kid's needs. The most impressive feature of
Lovey is that it learns familiar locations that your child
visits, such as school, and can send a notification to your
smartphone if the child leaves a familiar zone with an
Nixie the flying camera you can wear. Source: Intel.
Nixie is another exciting device from Intel's Make It Wearable
Challenge. Nixie is a wearable camera that promises to make it
much easier to take selfies while on the go. On the wearer's cue
Nixie unfolds and takes flight -- making it the first wearable
camera that can fly, according to Intel.
Wristify wearable. Source: Intel.
Next up, Wristify. This is a wearable cuff that warms or cools
the wearer's body using Intel's System On Chip or SOC technology.
According to Intel, "the band creates an immersive experience
that responds to, adapts to, and communicates with the wearer."
Other notable tech gadgets from the challenge include: Vumble, a
sports necklace that monitors your body's activity through
vibrations, a bionic mattress called BabyBe that connects mothers
with their babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, and First
V1sion, a wearable camera and broadcast system that captures a
players point-of-view in sports like basketball and football.
Inventing the future
For Intel, coughing up thousands of dollars in cash prizes is a
small price to pay for gaining first eyes on potentially
game-changing ideas within the emerging wearables space.
Ultimately, Intel is proving it has what it takes to be a leader
in the wearables market.
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