Intel unveiled the Basis Peak fitness band to a developer audience at its 14th annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. During that time, the company also announced that the new wearable will ship at some point in November.
Intel bought Basis Science last March, but that acquisition has only recently taken on more meaning, with the R&D agreement with Fossil Group to develop wearable technology for the fashion industry.
Intel intends to offer OEMs software development kits to help them build hardware around the chip maker’s embedded Edison chip. Rather than asking users to learn how to use each mobile device and application separately, Intel’s wants to launch a common architecture for a diverse group of vendors.
The chip giant thinks that tying wearables to a smartphone isn’t “the way of the future,” and that wearables should have their own data plan. For example, Intel’s new MICA bracelet, built in a collaboration with Opening Ceremony, will have its own AT&T data deal. Partnerships are Intel’s key to making headway in wearables.