Intel has made its first foray into the wearable tech market – and it's taken a slightly different tack to its rivals.
Recent rumours that Intel was working on a smart bracelet have been proved correct; it's launched MICA, a smart device that will make its grand entrance at the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show opening ceremony on 7 September (during New York’s Fashion Week).
If that sounds like quite an unusual venue for a tech launch, you're not wrong; but MICA is no ordinary smartband. It’s a bejeweled accessory designed in conjunction with fashion label Opening Ceremony; and yet, it’s got all the hi-tech innards of any other wearable device.
MICA – which stands for My Intelligent Communication Accessory – will come in two styles: a white snakeskin unit with obsidian embellishments and a black snakeskin device with pearls. Both will pack curved sapphire glass touchscreen displays. We’re already drooling over it.
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Aside from looking a bit special, it syncs up with your smartphone to display SMS messages, meeting alerts, and other notifications. Intel also says it will feature communications capabilities and wireless charging support; further details about its features will be disclosed at a later date.
MICA will go on sale in the US at selected Barneys and Opening Ceremony stores by the end of this year; the tech-savvy fashionistas of Singapore will just have to wait.