Unveiled by the company CEO Brian Krzanich, The tiny computer is built on the company’s 22nm transistor technology, runs Linux and has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth modules.
The tiny machine can connect to its own app store and is aimed at developers who will use it to build the next generation of wearable and connected devices.
Intel showed a small collection of “Nursery 2.0” products using embedded Edison chips: a toy frog that reports an infant’s vitals to a parent via an LED coffee cup, for example, and a milk warmer that starts heating when another connected item (the frog, again) hears the baby cry.
The company has also announced the “Make it Wearable” competition, and says it will be offering up to $1.3 million in prizes for developers churning out wearable tech. The full details of the contest weren’t revealed at the show, but Krzanich did say that first prize would walk away with a cool $500,000. Edison will be available sometime in mid-2014.