Day by day the world keeps shrinking in the hands of people. In the early days the computing devices was in a size of a room and as the days rolled on, it has shrunk to a size of a palm with the evolution in the field of nanotechnology. Recently at CES 2014 Intel released a new computer called EDISON which is told to be the world’s smallest computer that really is the size of an SD card, smaller than Raspberry Pi. It has a dual-core 400MHz Intel Quark processor, DRAM, flash storage with WiFi and bluetooth connectivity and moreover it runs on open source operating system, Linux to control i/o devices. A Micro-controller is used for real time input and output with external devices. This computer not only works with Phones and Tablets but also with Chairs, Coffee cups and Coffee makers, home automation and more. It can also talk to motion and other sensors.
Many applications can be downloaded and installed from the App Store just like other common devices with easy customisation. During CES 2014 intel gave a demo which does the work of a babysitter. It regularly keeps a track of baby’s activity, the sleep time, heart beat, geo-location, temperature and that is linked to a coffee mug or any device where the mother or anyone can have a check on the baby. Secondly the SD card sized computer can be inserted into a camera and the photos can be directly shared on social networking sites or store it on cloud as soon as the picture is taken with WiFi connectivity.
As of now the device is given only to the developers who are interested in exploring the best of its use. So developers jump in to the Make it Wearable project by Intel to bring out what this SD card could do. Intel will be treating the best developers with a prize money of $1.3 million. The price of this tiny computer has not been told yet and the shipping is expected to start in the mid of 2014.