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Intel's tiny Curie chip for wearables coming to Arduino early next year

James Niccolai | Oct. 19, 2015
The Arduino 101 will go on sale in the first quarter for $30

He said Arduino 101 is comparable to the Arduino Uno, which is based on a microcontroller from Atmel, except the Curie board includes Bluetooth and the six-axis sensor.

Arduino's founders have started a program for schools called Creative Technologies in the Classroom, which provides kits that include hardware and teaching materials for use in the classroom. Arduino 101 will be included in those kits, Melican said, helping Intel get its technology in the hands of budding engineers at a young age.

"If you compare it to other entry-level boards at that price point, the big thing it brings is connectivity," he said. "Young folks who are building things are used to interacting with robots and cars through their cell phone, and this lets them do that."

Like other Arduino boards, it can be programmed and charged up by plugging it into a PC via the USB port. It can be programmed using the Arduino developer tools.

Intel also plans to send Curie developer boards to its device manufacturing partners, but it's not talking about those yet. And it's developing some software kits, called Intel IQ, specifically for wearable devices, but they're not available yet either.

If it wants to catch the next wave of computing, it had better get a move on.

 

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