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Wearables hit fashion world with Intel smart bracelet
Tue, 25th Nov 2014
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Wearable technology is tiptoeing into the fashion world after huge success in the health and fitness sector.

Intel and Opening Ceremony have launched a new smart bracelet compatible with Facebook and Google, and will have text message capability. The MICA, which stands for “My Intelligent Communication Accessory,” will be available in December.

Navigation and mapping developer TomTom will provide real-time location information to power the MICA bracelet’s personal concierge feature.  The feature provides real-time location information so that users can receive estimated time of arrivals to precise locations, as well as ‘Time to Go’ reminders that take into account the time to leave to reach the next appointment.

 TomTom also creates GPS sport watches, as well as fleet management solutions and industry-leading location-based products.

 “This deal shows that TomTom innovation is helping lead the wearable tech experience for consumers,” says Charles Cautley, managing director of TomTom Licensing. “Our technology, content and resources enable business customers, such as Intel, to deliver the most accurate location-based services available today.”

“MICA converges fashion and technology with technology features and functionality that complement and enhance a woman’s work and social life,” says Ayse Ildeniz, vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Devices Group.  “With intelligent reminders (‘Time to Go’) powered by TomTom, MICA enables women to stay on top of their calendar.”

TomTom’s Location Based Services enable wearable tech developers and users to easily integrate location information for accurate search and navigation results.

The new MICA bracelet will be available in early December.