Intel has come up with its own take of a smartwatch at the CES event. The smartwatch won’t be tied to any particular operating system or devices in that it has its own connectivity. Another positive aspect of the Intel smartwatch that its CEO Brian Krzanich harped on is the ‘geo fencing’ attribute that it incorporates. This can keep a tab on the movements of the user and is also designed to issue warning signal once the user has stepped out of the personalized zone. This no doubt can lead to the creation of all sorts of applications that the smartwatch can be subjected to.
Off late, Intel has been paying more attention to carve out a niche for itself in the smart mobile connected devices segment, an area where it has ceded ground to the likes of Nvidia or Qualcomm. While it is yet to attain a position of strength in the tablet or smartphone segment even though a start has been made, what is good to see is that it is aiming further diversification in the smaller smart personal wearable segment as well. Towards this, the company has already revealed smart headset and smart ear buds earlier at the event.
The chipmaker has also revealed it new found fondness for the Android operating system, having unveiled a chip that can dual boot both Windows and the Google OS while also allowing the user to switch between either OS by just a switch of a button. Perhaps a tacit acceptance of the fact that the world is more obsessed with Android right now while Windows is suffering from a serious erosion of its user base given the phenomenal increase in usage of smartphones and tablet device which itself has given rise to an entire set of accessories centered around them. The smartwatches or bands are just the beginning.