Based on x86 with WiFi and BLE connectivity built in, how does the energy footprint look? The fundemental of wearable is low energy consumption that the ideal runtime of a one charge shall be at least 1 month imo. Nonetheless, given x86 core, the adoption will be high since Edision supports 2 OS and porting of Linux shall be relatively simple.
The strategy is great and if the price point of buying a development board is competitive, Edision might actually gain momentum.
I like several things about this, not the least of which is the form factor. Wearable devices will need to adapt from the traditional hard box into something that integrates better into whatever they will be put in. I don't know if this one will do it, but kudos to Intel for experimenting. I would also like to see a power scavenging capability. People move, which should generate power. Running clothes are almost a no-brainer, as are clothes for going out on the town dancing.
I was thinking the same thing. Wearables fundamentally need sensors, not just intelligence, connectivity & low energy consumption. But I look forward to seeing what kinds of new products are developed on this new platform.
To me, Intel is making a platform to catch the wave of IoT. It is difficult to decide which sensor to put into the system at this point. Yet, I agree with you and I hope Intel has a partnership plan to start integrating Edision with sensors produced by different companies. On the other hands, Intel might actually wish vendors start developing solution based on the platform, hoping for later integration.
It seems as though Intel is moving to offer Android and Windows equally for mobile systems, which means it has finally accepted that smartphones and tablets---which it was late to really recognize as equals--are of increasing importance as PCs decline steadily in sales. The Wintel era may be drawing to a close.