Intel Unveils Arduino Development Board Featuring Curie Module
The board, which will be called Arduino 101 in the United States, will be marketed to students in elementary and secondary schools.Intel's tiny Curie chip, introduced earlier this year as a module that would find its way into a range of wearable devices, will begin appearing next year in a new Arduino development board aimed at student and enthusiasts. At the Maker Faire Rome Oct. 16, officials with Intel and the maker of the popular Arduino boards introduced the board, which will be marketed as Arduino 101 in the United States and Geniuno 101 in other parts of the world. The board, which will be available in the first quarter of 2016, can be used by a wide variety of people, from enthusiasts to embedded device developers, but Intel and Arduino are targeting it particularly at elementary and secondary school students who are interested in learning how to code and build systems, according to Jay Melican, who at Intel has the title of maker czar at the Makers and Innovators Group, which recently was spun out of the chip maker's New Devices Group. Arduino 101 is the latest effort by Intel to court the maker and do-it-yourself (DIY) community to get developers, enthusiasts and students working with the Intel Architecture. During a conference call with journalists before the board was announced, Melican acknowledged that there are other boards on the market for about the same price—$30—but said Intel's Curie module adds a level of connectivity that isn't seen on those other entry-level offerings.
The low-power Curie chip, which Intel CEO Brian Krzanich introduced in January at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, includes Bluetooth Low Energy for connectivity, a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, and an accelerator that enables gesture recognition. The board itself is 7 centimeters by 5.5 centimeters.