Designing a Great Wearables Experience

Wearable device technology is predicted to grow to 284 million units by 20171. As consumers, we are increasingly looking to a range of cool, new gadgets to help keep us connected to the people we care about, and even to the world at large.  These devices will keep us on time, entertained, informed and even help us stay healthy and fit.

As wearable technology begins to take off, the best experiences will be those that deliver the ideal combination of fit, style and function.  We believe that addressing the user experience of these devices has only just begun, and today, we are excited to unveil a range of new software capabilities designed for our customers who are creating wearable products based on future Intel technology.

Called Intel® IQ Software Kits, these software kits are designed to help customers, including fashion, sports and lifestyle companies, incorporate advanced functionality into their wearable designs, help speed time-to market, and ultimately provide people with a product experience that offers greater utility and value.

Through our discussions with customers and industry partners, we have found that the nature and purpose of these devices is constantly evolving, and many of the current capabilities are not widely understood or fully realized. To help companies fully understand the potential utility and applications in wearable devices, we developed Intel IQ Software Kits for lifestyle, fashion, and other companies.

Intel® IQ Software Kits

Intel® IQ Software Kits are a set of software and features that will enable a number of different functions on wearable devices developed using Intel technology. These software kits will package together the related algorithms, device software, software for smartphone apps, and cloud software for device management and analytics capabilities.

As a first step, we are announcing the first two software kits to enable capabilities related to people’s biometric information and social interactions, called Intel Body IQ and Intel Social IQ, respectively.

Intel Body IQ software will enable a range of capabilities for measuring a person’s biometric information, such as:

  • Counting steps
  • Calculating calories burned throughout the day
  • Automatic and real-time recognition of activity
    • Walking, Running and Biking
  • Smart notifications based on customized goals
  • Visual device notifications for status
  • Richer visualization of data and status on companion smartphone app
  • Full visualization and summary of all personal data through a cloud portal

Intel Social IQ software will enable a range of capabilities tracking a person’s social interactions, such as:

  • User designated phone calls, SMS and social network notifications
  • Device-to-device single state social communication
  • Notifications related to the brand of the device, sent by device OEM
  • Accompanying phone app to configure filtering options
  • Cloud portal for device company to push brand notifications

The Intel Body and Social IQ software kits include smartphone and cloud components that complete the experience by providing rich visualization, analytics and device management capabilities, both for the users and customer brands.

Through Intel IQs we look forward to providing our customers with the option to more easily integrate advanced technology into their designs. As we continue to push the boundaries of wearable tech and explore new capabilities, our goal is to evolve the software kits over time and expand with even more compelling capabilities.

We believe that wearable technology will reach its true potential when designers at sports, fashion, lifestyle and even technology companies have the freedom and latitude to distill their vision and design experience into smart devices.

Mike Bell

1 ABI Research Group, January 2014

Michael A. Bell

About Michael A. Bell

Michael A. Bell is corporate vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group for Intel Corporation. In his role, Bell leads a global team chartered with developing products and technologies that will enhance and extend Intel's product portfolio into new areas of computing, including wearable technology. Previously, Bell co-lead the Mobile and Communications Group with Hermann Eul, a worldwide organization focused on the development of hardware, software and connectivity ingredients for phones, tablets, Ultrabook™ and other mobile devices, and complete system solutions. Prior to joining Intel in 2010, Bell was part of the executive management team at Palm Inc. From 2007 to 2010 he served as senior vice president of product development. He was responsible for all aspects of product strategy, development and deployment, bringing the Palm PRE, the Palm PIXI and many more products to market. Prior to his time at Palm, Bell was vice president, CPU Software, Macintosh Hardware Division, at Apple Inc. Over the course of his career at Apple, spanning 1991 to 2007, he made significant contributions to the iMac, Apple TV and iPhone programs. Bell earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.

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