Intel announced a tiny computer which is the size of a memory card named Edison. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich describes this device as a “full Pentium-class PC”. It is targeted at smart consumer products and wearable devices. It will be arriving later this year.
Edison has been built using Quark microprocessor technology and is a Pentium-class PC powered by a dual-core SoC. It features LPDDR2 RAM, flash storage, I/O capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE and on the software front, it runs on Linux. Edison will have its own app store and aims to provide a platform to developers who wish to build apps for wearables in the future.
The company showed off “Nursery 2.0” products to show how Edison could be a wearable device to monitor toddlers. Edison, embedded on to the child’s clothes or toys, will inform the parent of the baby’s vital statistics like temperature, heart rate etc. This information will be displayed on an LED coffee mug. When the baby was comfortable, the mug would display blinking green lights with a happy face and when the baby was uncomfortable, the face would turn red. Another application displayed was Edison switching a bottle warmer on even as it recognises that the baby is about to wake up, so you have a bottle ready in time for it.