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New processor honors Milan-born inventor

Tom Jackson • Jan 13, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Milan native Thomas Alva Edison has received another honor.

Intel announced Jan. 6 that it has come out with a tiny new computer, the Edison, that’s the size of an SD card and runs Linux.

A report on the Edison at the Engadget website explains the idea is to get developers to show off their Edison-style ingenuity by creating new “smart” products using the new device.

States the article: “Intel is leading by example, and 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.

Intel is also offering developers awards for a “Make it Wearable” competition. According to the article, the company will offer up to $1.3 million in prizes to developers churning out wearable tech, including a first-place prize of $500,000.

“Oh, and if you’re eyeballing Edison for your award-winning idea? It’ll be available sometime in mid-2014,” the piece says.

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