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Intel shows off the MICA smart bracelet (pictures)

The luxury women's accessory, to be sold at Barneys New York and Opening Ceremony stores, is part of the chipmaker's big push into wearable devices.

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Women's jewelry as wearable tech

Intel kept up its expansion into wearable devices by unveiling this week the MICA, or "My Intelligent Communication Accessory," a piece of high-fashion women's jewelry built with Intel technology.

The chipmaker brought an early model of the device, which will go on sale by the holidays for under $1,000, to CNET's New York office Thursday.

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Curved sapphire display

The MICA includes a 1.6-inch curved sapphire touchscreen that sits at the bottom of the wrist.

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Used for notifications, reminders

The device can be used for calendar reminders, meeting alerts, and SMS messages. Also, a 3G cellular radio will be available to allow for data communication without the need to pair with a smartphone.

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Semi-precious gems, water-snake skin band

Two designs will be available: One (shown above) with white water-snake skin, tiger's eye, and obsidian, and the other with black water-snake skin, pearls, and lapis stones.

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Cuff-style bracelet

The cuff-style device, worn here by CNET's Bridget Carey, opens via a clasp hidden under the gemstone.

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High-fashion meets tech

A number of other companies have worked to make wearable tech more fashionable, including Google, with its Glass digital headset developed with fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.

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Up-close with the MICA

Intel's strategy with wearables has been to develop devices that look like everyday items but include some added tech features, as with its headphones that also track a user's heart rate.

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A hidden USB port

The MICA can charge wirelessly or via a USB port fitted within the bracelet.

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