The wearable tech category is certainly going to be hot during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). We already know that Archos, ZTE and Pebble will have news, though we’re expecting to see plenty of other new entrants to the market. Among them will be Intel, which has apparently been working to develop its own wearable technology. As a chip maker, we imagine this will mostly be prototype tech that’s designed to show what other folks can do with Intel tech.
In an interview with Recode, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich discussed the opportunities Intel sees in the wearable space. “Wearables is wide open,” he explained. “What you will see at CES is that we are actually going to bring some very innovative wearables to the show that are developed and manufactured here.” The devices will likely be powered by Intel’s low-power Quark processors, and will show the benefits as to why a manufacturer may want to partner up with Intel, as opposed to a competitor.
Krzanich’s comments are interesting, however. The wearable market might appear “wide open,” though Samsung, Pebble, Jawbone, Fitbit, Nike and others are already creating solid footings. And we can’t forget to mention the elephant in the room: Apple and its rumored iWatch. It’s already becoming a packed market, though there’s certainly always room for innovation. Hopefully Intel impresses us next week.