Look closely. This is not an SD card. Rather, the Intel Edison is a full x86 PC with Pentium-class specs.
Unveiled at CES 2014, the Edison runs on Linux and is powered by Intel’s dual-core Quark system-on-chip processor. Everything but the kitchen sink fit snugly into this SD card form factor, including flash storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
This means smaller and smarter consumer tech is headed your way: all part of Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich's plan to make every object smart.
That's the crux of what Edison brings to the table - a PC with full-fledged features, without the associated bulk that’ll make smart gadgets big and clunky.
And it won't be just make existing wearables a little more elegant - it could extend the possibilities of what can actually be made smart. The functionality was demonstrated by Intel with an Edison-equipped baby onesie from Rest Devices loaded with sensors, tracking the infant's temperature and pressure.
An Edison-eqipped mug with an LED screen collects the data from the outfit and changes the mug’s, well, mug, from a smiley blue to an angry red when the toddler turns cranky. Intel also showed off an Edison-equipped bottle warmer that activates when the baby stirs from his slumber.
In short, Intel’s Edison is hitting the right notes with the Internet of Things, in a future where just about any device or object - appliances, wearables, chairs - could be equipped with processing capabilities.
And what’ll smart chairs do for you? Learning your sitting habits, self-adjusting to the most comfortable position or giving you a kick up the backside for being a slob.