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Fashion World With Intel — From Wearables To Fashion Technology And Artificial Intelligence.
Here is the story of a company that has reinvented itself, like a phoenix bird, from the ashes. A company that powered your parents’ generation technological tools. A company that after almost disappearing in the smartphone era is gearing up to, once again, rule the world in the years to come.
It is no secret that Intel did not capitalise on the mobile revolution. Apparently blind to the emergence of portable devices, smartphones and tablets, one could only assume that Intel did not see what was coming. To Intel, the desktop computer was still the only possible future.
Fashion World With Intel — Bad Luck?
The truth is, long before Blackberry launched its groundbreaking Pearl smartphone or Apple its history-making iPhones and iPads, Intel already had a portable, wireless enabled, smart tablet.
Called the Web PAD and launched at the end of 1998 (twelve years before the Cupertino-based company launched its first iPad) Intel’s tablet was quite revolutionary for its times: WIFI capabilities, StrongARM processor, touch screen and a stylus pen, more than a decade ahead of Samsung. (Samsung’s first device sporting a stylus pen was the Galaxy Note, in 2011.)
A great device, cursed with a serious problem; no, not a design or a manufacturing fault, just that the computer industry did not want it. Intel’s PAD was a direct threat to the personal computers industry, and before it went live, under the increasing pressure, Intel abandoned the project.
Fashion World — The War On Chipsets
The company’s first attempt — likely successful — at expanding from the chipset manufacturing to mobile devices, was prematurely ended. The world kept going, the times kept changing. However, the company was no longer the only one in the chipset business and almost like an “oil tanker”, too large and too slow to change direction, Intel was racing against smaller, agile “boats.”
The maker behind Intel’s first tablet, ARM, was a real competitor now, with global tech giants such as Apple, Samsung and Nvidia, increasingly using their faster and cheaper chipsets.
Fashion World — The Awakening
It took some time before Intel re-calibrated and found the north again, but the company’s launch in 2012 of an Atom-powered SoC (system on chip) platform, was the clear sign of its new direction.
Supposedly designed for smartphones and tablets, a market already monopolised by the ARM and its power-efficient chipsets, the SoC was in fact, Intel’s first finger pointing at the wearable tech market. That first finger was testing the waters if you like, before grabbing with both hands.
The “mobile era” lesson was still fresh and this time, Intel’s plan was not just to win the war on chipsets, but take over the wearables revolution.
Fashion World — Ready For The Future
Over the past four years, Intel spent 11 billion dollars buying almost 40 companies in the mobile chipsets landscape, preparing for the past silicon age as the 10nm mark is the last gasp for pure silicon chipsets.
The next generation of 7nm chipsets requires new materials such as indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) or silicon-germanium (SiGe) alloy and new technologies, carving the transistor channels out using cutting-edge lithography techniques, engraving features onto the chip, with Intel investing heavily in extreme ultraviolet lithography for years now.
Hardware wise, Intel is more ready than ever. However, the resurrection only starts here.
Fashion World — Wearables And Fashion Tech
Since 2014, Intel has re-build its market presence through relevant technologies, smart media partnerships and robust social media presence. You are looking at a company that is reinventing and rebranding itself, almost like Apple.
No longer just a chipset company, Intel’s name is now associated with wearables, fitness trackers, smart watches, fashion designs, emerging tech conferences, appealing to the young generation and coming across as a fashionable, smart, and innovative company.
Let me give you a few examples:
March 2014: Intel buys Basis Science, a startup marketing health trackers and wrist-worn activity devices. Intel-powered Basis smartwatch was considered as one of the most intelligent smartwatches on the market at that time.
August 2014: Intel and SMS Audio formed a partnership and launch their first product, the biometric earbuds. BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel deliver high-quality audio while gathering actionable biometric data, on your fitness progress.
Intel-powered in-ear headphones by SMS Audio equipped with integrated heart monitoring. Goodbye straps, batteries, and separate monitors.
September 2014: Intel and the American fashion company Fossil join forces in a project designed at “empowering” the clothes and accessories of tomorrow, with smart sensors and embedded technology.
Fossil’s wearable tech “Q Line-up” includes not only smart bracelets but also smartwatches. See our gallery for more pics.
September 2014: Intel introduces MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory). One of the first smart bracelets to combine luxury jewellery with smart sensors. The bracelet has semi-precious stones (pearls, obsidian, and snakeskin) as well as a 1.5-inch sapphire touchscreen, designed in partnership with “Opening Ceremony.”
MICA (My Intelligent Communications Accessory) bracelet connects the wearer to the world.
A fashion tech collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Intel. MICA smart bracelet is a modern fashion accessory that lets the wearer look stylish and be connected at the same time, without the need of any obvious technology such as smartphones, tablets, etc.
December 2014: Intel signed a multi-year collaboration with Google and Luxottica. Intel to support the development of the upcoming Google Glass 2.0 and any future AR and VR devices, and Luxottica to “pack” the tech in impressive luxury eyewear.
Is the new Google Glass 2.0 going to sport a custom Intel SoC platform?
June 2015: Intel acquires Instruments, a Canadian company behind the Recon Jet smart glasses; a new generation of augmented reality glasses, equipped with a tiny camera that projects information on the inside of the lens.
March 2015: Intel announced another partnership with Google and the Swiss luxury watchmaker, TAG Heuer. The trio takes on Apple, in their quest to design a luxury smartwatch that can compete with Apple Watch while preparing TAG for the tech orientated future of fashion.
Baselworld, March 2015: TAG Heuer announced its strategic partnership with Google and Intel.
Fashion World — The Secret
Intel’s sudden involvement with wearable tech and fashion is not, as you might think, an accident. Just like Apple, Intel acknowledges that inescapably the fashion industry needs technology to augment its levels. Not only the future garments, fabrics and accessories but also in stores, via AR and VR.
Through its new technologies and fashion partnerships, Intel positioned itself at the top of the fashiontech ladder. From a chipset maker, in less than five years Intel has become one of the most knowledgeable, trustworthy and powerful partners in tech, for any fashion brands and designers.
Fashion World — No Tech Without Fashion
Despite its ups and downs, Intel has always been a world leader in tech innovation and this time, Intel has a foothold in the wearable tech market. A market of 80 billion by 2020. The times of computational fibres and smart fabrics that keep you safe and warm, communicate your mood, change colour, communicate with connected objects around us, all without the need of us to interact.
Get ready for tech-infused products, created by luxury brands and fashion companies that historically, have never used “silicon” before. Buttons, rings, bracelets, bags, jewellery, pendants, are waiting to be once again, reinvented.
Finally, the march toward “specialised silicon” is accelerating. We have evolved from CPU to GPU and from FPGA to ASIC, with each step toward specialised silicon obsoleting its predecessors.
Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Baidu are applying deep learning, from product positioning to supply chain management. Machine learning has become the core to almost everything that Google does from switching their search algorithms to deep learning, to the use of Deep Mind to cut cooling costs by 40 percent at their data centres.
Beyond the e-commerce, the future textiles, the AR and VR there is machine learning and artificial intelligence as the most powerful advance in engineering since. AI is the tool that exceeds the human understanding, that invisible wire that will innervate every industry in the future, fashion including and Intel already knows that.
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