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Intel introduces five concepts for developing wearable technology

TAIPEI--Intel Corp. on Tuesday put forward five concepts that it said would guide its development of wearable computing technology, as part of its efforts to capitalize on the fast-growing market.

Tom Foldesi, senior director of Intel's New Devices Group, said the first microprocessor developed in 1971 by Intel, the world's biggest chipmaker, had only 2,300 transistors, but the number of transistors on its microprocessors now is over 1 billion.

“This type of innovation makes wearable technology a reality today,” Foldesi said at a press briefing at Computex Taipei, the world's second-largest computer trade fair.

He said Intel's development of wearable technology will focus on five broad concepts, including providing unique technology, improving people's lives by solving practical problems, and offering fashionable and personal-style form factors.

Another key concept is that wearable devices should be able to connect to a cloud computing platform to enable communication among different types of wearable devices, which could open up huge business opportunities, Foldesi said.

Lastly, wearable devices must have the capability to transform user experience, for example by using smart sports shoes to track tennis players' movements on court and give the audience more information about the games, Foldesi said.

To capitalize on the growing market of wearable technology, Intel created the New Devices Group in May 2013 -- shortly after Brian Krzanich was appointed as Intel's CEO -- to focus on wearable computing and the next generation of connected devices.

The U.S. firm also launched the Development Track of the Intel “Make It Wearable” challenge on May 14 this year, inviting submissions of new wearable concepts that will be judged on technical and business criteria.

With the aim of inspiring fresh ideas and fueling innovation that will develop personal computing in new and exciting ways, the challenge is open to the smartest and most creative minds in 27 countries, with prizes totaling more than US$1.3 million, according to Intel.

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