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CES 2014: Intel unveils glut of wearables based on new chip

Intel will make its first move into the wearables market in 2014 as it readies the release of a number of devices including a smartwatch, health monitors integrated into baby clothes and earbuds with built-in heart monitors.

The chip giant’s chief executive Brian Krzanich chose the opening keynote of the Consumer Electronics Show [CES] in Las Vegas to showcase the devices, which will be released later on this year, according to AFP.

He used the keynote to explain that it’s taking a different method to tackling the wearables market that will see it attempt to tackle particular issues with uncomplicated technology.

One of the devices at the forefront of this is a turtle-shaped sensor that is attached to baby clothing and sends information to a smart coffee cup pertaining to patterns in breathing, temperature and position.

It is also jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon with a device that features geofencing to send alerts when children, elderly patients or anyone vulnerable leaves a certain geographical area.

Intel’s earbuds will let runners and athletes receive detailed information on health and fitness in real time whilst exercising and alongside these wearables it also showed off Jarvis, a “personal assistant” in the same class as Google Now and Apple’s Siri.

Each piece of new technology is based on the firm’s new chip nicknamed Edison that can integrate a fully-fledged computer into the size of a memory card.

It is working together with Barneys New York, the luxury retailer, as well as the Council for Fashion Designers of America and design specialists Opening Ceremony in order to develop and promote its wearables.

There is also a chance for other developers to grab lucrative prizes for helping out Intel with new ideas for wearables. The firm is ready to offer $1.3 billion in prizes including a first prize of $500 million.

"This will allow creation and innovation to come to life," Krzanich added.

Intel’s new chip will also allow “dual boot” mode that will let device manufacturers develop devices that include the ability to run both Microsoft Windows and Google Android on device.

"There are times you want Windows, there are times you want Android," Krzanich said. "You don't have to make a choice, you can have both.”

Intel wasn’t finished there and finished by unveiling a 3D camera titled RealSense that can be integrated into tablets and allow images to be manipulated with the view to being sent to a 3D printer.