New TV Series ‘America’s Greatest Makers’ is Looking for Makers, Inventors

By Vince Matthews

From smartwatches to running shoes, the race is on for wearable tech and Internet-connected gadgets. Companies like Apple, Samsung, Amazon and Nest are all involved in the Internet of Things – already a billion-dollar business.

Intel’s new Curie module will power the winning America’s Greatest Maker’s device. (Image: Intel)

Intel wants to make it easier for others to offer smart-connected devices, too and has partnered with reality TV show producer Mark Burnett to create a new reality show called America’s Greatest Makers.

The show will offer inventors a platform to present their idea for a wearable tech or smart-connected device. Intel will help the winner create it and get it to market. The winning maker/creator will receive $1 million and their idea will be turned into the next big tech gadget – powered by Intel’s Curie module.

“Wearables and smart-connected devices are the next frontier in the evolution of computing,” said a spokesperson from Intel. “Through initiatives like America’s Greatest Makers, we aim to provide the technology platforms and inspiration for creators to more easily take part in the growing connected devices boom.”

Wearables and smart-connected devices are the next frontier in the evolution of computing…
– Intel Spokeperson

The series will follow the finalists through the final stages of the competition and as they’re mentored by Intel engineers.

2014 Grand Prize winner, Nixie, the world’s first wearable drone camera. (Image: Intel)

Engineering the Future
Intel knows learning electrical engineering can be a game changer. The Intel Curie module is an electrical engineering wonder and the small chip could dynamically change the way we use smart devices. Curie is a complete SoC (System on a Chip), about the size of a watch battery.

Intel Curie Features

  • A low-power, 32-bit Intel Quark SE SoC
  • 384kB Flash memory, 80kB SRAM
  • Low-power integrated DSP sensor hub and pattern-matching technology
  • Bluetooth low energy technology (also known as Bluetooth Smart)
  • 6-axis combo sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Battery charging circuitry (PMIC)

Since the chip is super-connected out of the box with “embedded software that runs on the module together with companion smartphone applications and associated cloud capabilities,” expect it to be popular with wearable start-ups and people interested in app development. Intel announced the chip at the 2015 CES.

Enter America’s Greatest Makers competition by visiting the official website. The competition is open to anyone 15 years of age or older. But hurry: Submissions must be received by October 2nd, 2015.