Opening Ceremony launches the MICA wearable bracelet with Intel
All in the wrist
We've already been introduced to its visual appeal, and now 'My Intelligent Communications Accessory' (MICA), a collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Intel, celebrates what can happen when beauty meets intelligence – functionally.
It's been meticulously designed by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim for the stylish and in-the-know, a "connected woman" if you will. It's crafted from premium finishes, think 18 carat gold coating and a curved sapphire glass touchscreen display, and watersnake skin, no less.
The stages of the launch have come in three – an announcement in January, aesthetics in September, and now its functions, when the details of what the accessory actually does were revealed via a panel discussion with Leon; Lim; Ayse Ildeniz, vice president and general manager for business development and strategy of Intel's New Devices Group; Barneys New York's fashion director Tomoko Ogura (where it will retail initially for $495), and Lucky magazine's Eva Chen, who moderated the event at Dia in New York yesterday.
As for MICA's functions, it does not need to connect to a phone – that comes with a 3G radio and AT&T SIM card with a two-year wireless service plan included in the price of the bracelet. Unfortunately this limits the piece primarily to use in the USA for now, and after two years, the user will have to re-contract with AT&T to continue using it. The bracelet also links with the user's Google Calendar and Facebook account for event notifications, and receives incoming texts and e-mails from "important contacts" via their Gmail.
My Intelligent Communications Accessory will be available to buy via Barneys.com and OpeningCeremony.us soon, priced at $495.