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Intel Curie is a button-sized computer for wearables

Intel has unveiled Intel Curie, its latest tiny computing platform designed especially for the wearable sector.

Shown off at Intel’s CES 2015 keynote, the device was unveiled to the world by literally being pulled from a button on Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s jacket.

Based on a new version of Intel’s Quark chip, the Quark SE, Curie packs in Bluetooth LE, a low-power sensor hub, a pattern-matching accelerator that allows for accurate gesture recognition and a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. All in something that weighs just a couple of grams.

It then runs the open-source software, Viper, to interpret and manage all the data.

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Intel hopes Curie will allow product developers to skip several steps in the development process, enabling them to concentrate on the finished product rather than solving difficult problems with base-level stuff like low power Bluetooth or gyroscopes.

Curie will be available in the second half of 2015.

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