Intel’s new button-sized system-on-a-chip, Curie, will be incorporated into a next-generation Arduino board called the Arduino 101, making it the first device to ship with a Curie module. The company made the announcement at Maker Faire Rome.
What makes the Curie so special?
The tiny, low-power chip is designed for wearables and other low-power connected devices. The chip features Bluetooth LE so you can connect to a smartphone. It has a low-power sensor hub, a pattern-matching accelerator for gesture recognition, and a six-axis accelerometer with a gyroscope.
All of this fits on a chip the size of a button. Curie runs the open-sourced software Viper, which uses gathered information for analysis of such things as step tracking and movement.
Adding Curie to Arduino unlocks a lot of potential in the DIY tech market. The Italian board maker will be bundling the newly named Arduino 101 with an electronics and coding course designed for kids. While Arduino projects generally focus on Internet of Things, adding Curie opens up the fast-growing wearable industry to tech tinkerers.
Arduino 101 will be available in the first quarter of 2016 for $30.
via The Verge