Intel Edison

The new Intel Edison platform is serving as a solution to lower barriers to entry for companies looking to quickly create protoypes of small computing devices -- more specifically of new wearable goods. Emerging entrepreneurs can utilise the microelectronic device to create the computing devices that are driving a new industrial revolution. It is estimated that by 2018 there will be over 300 million wearable computing devices on the market and as the industry continues to boom we are seeing innovators begin to address the true pain points within the market. Currently many of the wearables available -- take Smart Watches for example -- are interesting new pieces of technology but have yet to hit that 'can't live without it' point. During one of the panel discussions we attended this month it was explained that the average wear time for the wearables available now is only four to six weeks. That means that people have taken notice of the new technological options but that they are still falling short of making themselves vital to day to day life. The release of the Intel Edison device will hopefully allow an ease of access in terms of new product creation that will help developers to quickly release new products and reach that revolutionary plane. The IE platform is available for only $50 and it acts as a low power, small form, general purpose computer. This is a true gift to the developer community and has already begun to spark a new wave of connected devices since its release in September 2014. 

Only slightly larger than a stamp, the Intel Edison microcomputing device is small but mighty

Here are some of the coolest new releases to the market and thanks to Intel it is certain that we'll be seeing plenty more like this in the near future!

3-D Robotics' Drone

3-D Robotics, a California based firm, has created a new drone that can go beyond standard GPS tracking and instead digitally recognize the face of the target. The company explains that the drone's course would initially be set by GPS but once airborne the device is able to identify the appearance of its subject in order to film them from above, circle them or keep the subject in the center of the frame. Advertised as being ideal for taking airborne video selfies while performing activities like biking, skiing or other outside fun the drone will never lose contact with the films intended star. There is loads of controversy surrounding technology of this sort -- a device like this could certainly take stalking to a whole new level -- so it will be interesting to see how this drone-power will be used.

Smart Bike Helmet

The Smart Bike Helmet, created by interns at Oregon State University using the Intel Edison platform, is a prototype that features Bluetooth capabilities, a magnetometer, a gyroscope and two accelerometers. If the rider is involved in any kind of collision, the helmet will identify their distress and alert the proper authorities. Furthermore, the helmet can also record riding speed, distance and the path taken. The world of exercise is one that is being changed greatly by the wearables industry and is one realm that will most likely be revolutionised by these devices the fastest. 

Hardhat 2.0

This Edison prototype is able to detect environmental conditions on work sites and has many life-saving capabilities. Embedded with both gas and smoke sniffing sensors the Intel Construction Helmet also features accelerometers so that if a fall or serious hit to the head is experienced supervisors will be notified immediately. Coal miners and field workers rejoice, the Hardhat is putting a major dent in the inherent dangers of manual labor jobs.

The Hardhat 2.0 smaller and more mobile technology in the forefront, while the more bulky original prototype hangs behind

Mimo Smart Baby Monitor

Intel, in collaboration with Rest Devices, has developed a smart onesie that sends automatic updates to a smartphone reporting on temperature, movement, body position and respiratory patterns. The adorable baby suit features two green sensor stripes and a turtle shaped rechargeable PC, Edison powered of course. We love that they incorporated the appropriate aesthetics into this concept, as one of the main customer complaints with wearables is that style is often forgotten. 

Anouk Wipprecht Digital Dress

Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht has been a forerunner in the fusion of fashion and technology so we weren't surprised to see that Intel Edison powered one of her new concept dresses. The digital dress was developed to react in various ways when a person enters the wearer's personal space with LED lights changing in intensity and color based on biometric feedback. It also features a camera located on the chest that can record a visual diary of optimal points throughout the day again based on biometric feedback readings. The description we found did not go into too much detail on the meaning behind the different light patterns and colors, but it seems that wearing this would certainly be an exploration in wearing your heart on your sleeve. 

This dress just might tell all your secrets

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