In what is sure to be a first for the company, Intel announced at an Intel Developer Forum event in San Francisco this morning that they have teamed up with legendary TV producer Mark Burnett – creator of TV heavyweights including Survivor, The Apprentice, The Voice and Shark Tank – to find “America’s Greatest Makers” through a recorded TV show challenge to create the “best wearable computing device”.
Burnett, who is also the chief executive of United Artists Media Group, announced the new TV show – which is scheduled to debut in the first half of 2016 – alongside Intel CEO Brian Krzanich today during the keynote speech at the Forum this morning.
Currently, the producers are looking for designers, engineers, inventors and other ‘Makers’ to submit video introductions and proposals of their idea for a game-changing wearable technology. Among other prizes, the winner of the show – which will likely follow the same format as Burnett’s other ‘vote off’ shows – will receive a handsome $1 million in cash money.
Although it’s not entirely clear how much emphasis will be based on Intel’s technologies, a part of the show will involve utilizing the company’s new Curie module – a small, button-sized Internet of Things chip that carries a lot of computing power.
“This is much more than just a linear TV series,” said Burnett during the announcement. “This is the next evolution of storytelling, told simultaneously across many platforms and in many different ways. This is the future.”
If you think you have what it takes to step into the national arena and design a next-generation wearable device for a chance at that $1 million prize, dust off that video camera and head over to the show’s official Casting Application page.