Intel names Nixie its Make It Wearable winner

November 4, 2014 // 10:48 a.m.

Tags: #edison #intel #make-it-wearable #nixie #open-bionics #proglove #quark #wearable

Intel has announced the grand prize winner of its Make It Wearable challenge, launched earlier this year: the drone-based self-portrait camera Nixie.

Intel has been heavily pushing a new wearables focus of late, announcing its Quark low-power processor and Edison embedded computing platform alongside the Make It Wearable challenge. With a $1.3 million prize fund up for grabs, competition during the event - at which entrants were asked to submit product ideas or completed prototypes for consideration - was fierce, but Intel had a clear focus on what it was looking for from a winner: something that could demonstrate the potential of the wearable paradigm beyond smartwatches and fitness bands.

Nixie, the overall winner of the $500,000 grand prize, is a self-portrait camera with a difference. Rather than requiring the user to position the camera at arm's length - or to use one of those cumbersome 'selfie-sticks' - the Nixie sits on the wearer's wrist until a shot is required, at which point it is launched from the wrist, unfolds its wings, flies to a required distance and take a picture before returning to its owner.

A further $200,000 prize was awarded to Open Bionics, a start-up which aims to use low-cost and high-efficiency 3D printing and scanning technologies to provide customised products for amputees at a fraction of the cost of current solutions. Third place, and $100,000, went to ProGlove, an enterprise-themed wearable which aims to reduce stress and improve ergonomics in the workplace with continuous monitoring.

A video demonstrating the Nixie, produced when the project was first named as a finalist in the challenge, is reproduced below.


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