Monday, January 13, 2014

Meet Intel's Edison, an amazing SD card sized computer

Intel showed off an impressive piece of technology at CES this year.

Edison is a complete computer, including a low-power 22nm 400MHz Intel® Quark processor with two cores, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth*, and much more.

"The unique combination of small size, power, and rich capabilities makes the Intel Edison board a game changer, lowering the barriers to entry for thousands of visionaries.

Intel Edison board-powered devices can cooperate in highly customized and sophisticated ways. These devices don't have to be hardwired one-trick ponies; they can house multiple apps that can be downloaded and installed just like we do with phones and tablets.

Let's look at a great example of the Intel Edison board in action.

Mimo Baby Monitor*

Start with a computer that really is the size of an SD card.

Attach it to a regular onesie and sensors that monitor the baby's temperature, breathing, and motion.

Then, set the Intel Edison board to trigger actions on other connected devices, like this automatic bottle warmer or this coffee cup.

Each one of these has the Intel Edison board inside, communicating with the others to deliver amazing solutions to age-old problems."

All of this would be impressive in a computer the size of a small book, but being that it is much smaller, and still has things like WiFi and Bluetooth is just mind boggling.

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