Intel shows off its smartwatch prototype at CES

Intel SmartwatchSmartwatches have still not caught on with the masses. While the idea is very decent, consumer adoption is key to a project’s success. This has been proven with the Samsung Galaxy Gear or even the recently launched Qualcomm Toq. And Intel is looking to make the best of the situation by launching a smartwatch of its own. The company showed off its first smartwatch during its keynote address at the CES which is quite different from what we have seen so far. To begin with, the smartwatch functions independently and wouldn’t require a smartphone to pair with. It also comes with cellular connectivity, so you can basically use it more effectively than a conventional smartwatch.

Intel refrained from giving out specifics about the price or a precise arrival date, but mentioned that the device will be sold through Barneys New York. Intel has also struck a partnership with theĀ Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to further improve the smartwatch. The strap of the smartwatch will be designed by renowned fashion firm Opening Ceremony, so Intel appears to have covered all its bases. Intel has been very secretive about this smartwatch and is giving nothing away at this moment, so it’s hard to predict how it will do in the market. We’re expecting a mid 2014 or a Q3 release with a sub $400 price tag.

The CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich had this to say – “Wearables are not everywhere today because they aren’t yet solving real problems and they aren’t yet integrated with our lifestyles. We’re focused on addressing this engineering innovation challenge.”

Source: Intel

Via: The Verge

One Reply to “Intel shows off its smartwatch prototype at CES”

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