With PC sales falling and smartphone growth tapering off,
The evolving category is a major theme at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in
The company has struggled in past attempts to expand beyond the PC arena. A years-long project to provide consumer TV services was shelved last year with its technology put up for sale and the company's mobile processors have barely made a dent in the global smartphone market even after major improvements to them.
After replacing former CEO
In his keynote presentation at the technology show, Krzanich introduced some of that group's early results, including sample gadgets that
"We're looking at a broad ecosystem of wearables, not just the device or the silicon," he said.
The company unveiled a tiny computer built with
Luxury department store
At the event, Krzanich also showed off
While other companies have launched similar pulse-taking audiophones,
In addition, integrated software can automatically change the music being played in order to encourage the wearer to speed up or slow down their workout depending on their heart rate.
"The real key here is seamless, no buttons, always listening, but it still has that low-power capability," Krzanich said.
Krzanich also showed a smartwatch meant for kids with "geo-fencing" capabilities that alert parents if their children stray from established walking routes to and from home or school or don't arrive on time.
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