Intel’s Developer’s Forum is the chip giant’s annual shindig for developers. This week, CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote emphasized the chip giant’s commitment to wearables and the Internet of Things, although the apparently talk was very long on how cool this stuff is and very short on specifics. Our colleague Michael Miller, the former editor of PC Magazine who has forgotten more about technology than we’ll ever know, attended IDF with his normal critical eye and came away kind of unimpressed, at least as far as wearables are concerned.
For wearables, other than a bunch of demos that wouldn’t surprise most people who follow this space, the biggest news may have been that the Curie wearable module — announced in January — will be available for large integrators this fall. Krzanich also promised more announcements at Maker Faire in New York in September. But keep in mind: Intel’s web pages about Curie include this disclaimer:
The Intel® Curie™ module has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
So developers can touch, but can’t sell.