From Bracelets to Smartwatches, Wearable Devices Make Splash at IDF

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-09-12

SAN FRANCISCO—According to Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, the 1.9 billion smartphones worldwide generate as many as 1 trillion transactions a day. And by 2017, the amount of data created by smartphones will be surpassed by the amount generated by wearable devices, which will account for more than half the data created, Bryant said. Intel executives see the wearable market as a significant growth opportunity, and under CEO Brian Krzanich, the chip maker has made a series of moves in the space, from buying smartwatch maker Basis in March and working with partners such as SMS Audio to creating silicon like the Quark family of low-power chips and working with Opening Ceremony to launch the MICA smart bracelet. The high-end bracelet, which was launched Sept. 3 and will be available later this year at luxury retailer Barney's, was one of several wearable devices on display this week at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2014 here. Wearables and the Internet of things, which Krzanich said are "interconnected," were key themes at the show. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at the devices highlighted by Intel.


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