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Intel Unveils Fashionable Smart Bracelet

By | Sep 04, 2014 07:27 AM EDT
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MICA

Intel's MICA smart fashion bracelet

Chip maker Intel unveiled its unique smart bracelet developed in partnership with the Opening Ceremony fashion house.

The electronic bracelet will be available at Barneys New York, the chain of luxury department stores, and Opening Ceremony stores by the time the holiday selling season arrives.

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As of the moment, the price of Intel's MICA, which means "My Intelligent Communication Accessory," hasn't yet been revealed.

Sporting a curved 1.6-inch touchscreen, MICA lets its user view notifications and alerts without requiring the bracelet to pair with a smart device such as a tablet or smartphone. It's also equipped with a 3G cellular radio, although Intel has yet to release carrier details.

The smart bracelet has a cuff-style design. It's opened by a clasp on the opposite side of the accessory where the main electronics are housed.

Earlier at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Intel publicized its intention to develop an accessory, thereby creating create a new class of smart wearable devices distinct from the fitness and sports category of smart bands.

MICA can either have obsidian from Russia, a tiger's eye gemstone from South Africa and white snakeskin or lapis stones and pearls from China and a black snakeskin design.

"We wanted something that felt luxurious and modern that could fit into the lives of many different women," said Humberto Leon, co-founder of Opening Ceremony.

MICA will be worn by models on Sunday as part of Opening Ceremony's New York Fashion Week show.

Intel collaborated closely with Opening Ceremony on the design of the device while developing its electronics.

"This was a very honest, very true partnership," Leon said. "We really worked on building this thing together."


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