Intel didn’t release any new processors this week, but it did release a new board for makers and tinkerers. The $30 Arduino 101 includes Intel’s much-balleyhooed Curie chip module, designed to let makers whip up custom projects for wearables, robots, and smart appliances.
The board packs a low-power Quark chip, Bluetooth, a USB hub for interfacing with traditional PCs, an accelerometer, and a gyrometer. It also has a pattern recognition engine, and software packages called IQs will be available to analyze data from your projects. At CES, Intel showed Curie modules strapped to bikes and snowboards to track height and distance traveled, while another demo showed an artist painting on a gigantic virtual canvas.
And even better, the Arduino 101’s completely open-source, and Intel’s shared the schematics for it.