07/01/2014 10:22 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 10:53 GMT

'Intel Edison': Full Computer With WiFi And Bluetooth, The Size Of An SD Card


Computers used to be massive. Now, they are less so. But if you're still feeling the drag of carrying around a laptop or smartphone and long for the days of truly tiny computers, Intel might have the answer.

In its press conference at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, the chip maker has revealed a brand new computer the size of an SD Card - complete with Bluetooth, WiFi and its own App Store.

The Intel Edison is designed as a proof-of-concept computer more portable than virtually anything previously built.

Running one of Intel's new Quark processors (naturally), the device is "aimed at developers" to help them build new connected products which can talk to each other, and perform complex functions in a network.

One idea is to develop a baby monitor which can track every vital sign using the Edison, and send the data back to a base station which in turn uploads the stats to the internet.

"Wearables are not everywhere today because they aren't yet solving real problems and they aren't yet integrated with our lifestyles," Krzanich told CES according to

"We're focused on addressing this engineering innovation challenge. Our goal is, if something computes and connects, it does it best with Intel inside."

Intel is now offering developers $1.3 million in prizes, including $500,000 for the first prize winner, as part of a "Make It Wearable" project.