While Apple hosts the iPhone 5, Intel announces in San Francisco that they have a smaller and faster processor called the Intel Quark, designed for wearable devices.
Intel doesn’t believe that mobile devices should be limited to smartphones and tablets. Their new Intel Quark processor is one-fifth the size of their small Atom processor, is ten times faster, and uses less energy. It may be found in several inexpensive (around $100) tablets during the 2013 holiday season. Further down the road, the Intel Quark may be suited to new wearables.
When you see and hear about Google Glass and Samsung Gear, wearable mobile devices are the next phase of development that goes farther than the consumer market. Tiny devices may be created that uses Intel Quark for medical observations and uses.
While the Intel Quark is aptly suited to extend performance in new smartphones and tablets, Intel’s loftier goal is to see the Quark employed in t5he pioneering fields of wearables – the next-gen of mobile devices.
In attempting to improve medical technologies, smaller processors like the Intel Quark may be used to improve health monitoring capabilities. Continuous monitoring can occur via wireless monitors, wireless patches and articles of clothing. But cost is, of course, an issue—as is patient compliance. Wearable and implantable technologies sense parameters of various diseases and can either transfer data to a remote center, direct the patient to take a specific action, or automatically perform a function based on what the sensors are reading. For example, if blood glucose is running low, insulin could be automatically administered.
In some cases, sensors are employed in temporary wearable tattoos for completely minimal invasiveness.
Implantable computers may help people with hearing, vision, and motion problems. It can aid prosthetic devices move toward smoother limb replacements.
The process of implanting computer technologies into miniscule devices is the core of further research and innovation. Processor designers and manufacturers like Intel are scoping beyond smartphones and tablets for newer mobile applications that extend farther than games, music, and internet. Intel Quark aims to penetrate this market.
Many of the devices discussed here are scientific dreams but realization seems more possible as processors and technologies move further beyond miniscule. The Intel Quark is the first introduction. Expect more to follow. Apple’s continuation with its iPhone 5 fascination may linger longer but if Apple wants to continue leading the mobile revolution, wearable may be the next step.