Intel unveils $495-MICA bracelet, lavished with sapphire, gold plating, lapis and many other features

The wearable devices like the smartwatches had hugged the limelight for the past many months, and another wrist-worn device in the form of bracelets are the next in line to give ohs and ahs to the tech-savvy netizens and would-be users.

These bracelets are like no other since it is peppered with an assortment of features aside from its default elegant appearance.

The would-be owners will have a taste of fashion at its best and at the same time get connected with Facebook, Google and Yelp through AT&T data plan even without a smartphone around.

The new wearable device from Intel is dubbed as My Intelligent Communication Accessory, or MICA for short. This lovely device is lavished with a snakeskin design, lapis stones, obsidian and an 18k gold coating. The bracelet also features a sapphire curved screen that shows text messages, calendar items and various events from Google and Facebook, and recommendations of where to dine and shop from Yelp.

Humberto Leon, creative director at Opening Ceremony, stated in a phone interview few days ago,  “We really approached this first and foremost about why would a woman want to wear this every day, and how can it be incorporated into her wardrobe.”

Intel has a lot of catching up to do as its competitors already have padded the gap in the smartphones and tablet segments for the past few years, and it is about time that the company will stamp its class on whipping up novelties and innovations in the untapped areas in the mobile computing.

Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich has paved the way for the development of the bracelet as it forged a tie up with Opening Ceremony.  Krzanich said that his wife wore the prototype for several days and eventually got fond with it.

The bracelet which subtly vibrates when there are incoming notifications is pegged at a $495 price tag that covers 2-year data plan with AT&T. Unlike other wearable devices MICA is not dependent of a handset to get connected online.

Aside from teaming up with Opening Ceremony, Intel has acquired fitness bracelet maker Basis Science in March and also forged a tie up with watch retailer Fossil Group to come up with other wearable devices.

MICA decks in a battery that can last up to 48 hours (2 days) and will go on sale by early December via Opening Ceremony and Barney’s chic department stores.


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