Intel helps extend Wolfram programming language to wearables, other devices

Software company Wolfram has partnered with Intel to implement the Wolfram Language on the Intel Edison, an SD-card-size computer that can be used with Internet-connected wearables and other diminutive devices destined to play roles in the emerging Internet of Things.

Intel Edison

Intel's Edison (Source: Wolfram / Intel Corp.)

Intel announced its Edison development board this week, saying it is designed to work with most any device, "not just computers, phones, or tablets, but chairs, coffeemakers, and even coffee cups." The idea is that such a device will open up myriad possibilities for entrepreneurs and inventors. Intel Edison features a low-power 22-nanometer, 400 MHz Intel Quark processor with two cores, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

"Pairing Wolfram Language--the foundation of Wolfram's initiative to apply sophisticated computation everywhere, in a universally accessible way--with Intel Edison is a significant advance for the future of embedded computation and the Internet of Things," said Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of Intel's new devices group.

Announcement of Wolfram's partnership with Intel coincided with the official launch of the Wolfram Connected Devices Project. Company founder Stephen Wolfram said in a blog post the effort is aimed at working with the device and technical community "to provide a definitive, curated, source of systematic knowledge about connected devices."

Wolfram's initiative already includes 300 companies and 2,000 devices, including smart watches, health-tracking wristbands and more. "It seems as if the technology stack we've been building all these years is exactly what people need," he added.

Among other things, the company intends to run a sequence of hackathon-type events where students and others can work with devices to set up connections.

"The goal is to get seamless integration of as many kinds of devices as possible. And the more kinds of devices we have, the more interesting things are going to get. Because it means we can connect to more and more aspects of the physical world, and be in a position to compute more and more about it," Wolfram said.

For more:
- see this Wolfram blog
- see this New York Times article
- see this Intel webpage

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