Curie, a new button-sized computer for smart clothes, is due out later in 2015 and includes Bluetooth radio as well as the latest from Intel's Quark line of low-power chips. Intel's chips so far have not made significant inroads into wearable gadgets such as fitness bands or smart watches.
               
"With this product they can deliver wearables in a range of form factors," Krzanich said of Intel's manufacturing customers.

"Rings, bags, bracelets, pendants, and yes, even the buttons on our jackets," he said.
               
Intel is working with Oakley to launch a smart gadget for athletes later this year. The chipmaker in December announced it was developing smart glasses with Luxottica, which owns the Oakley brand.
               
Krzanich demonstrated autonomous flying drones able to navigate around obstacles. He also showed a smaller drone worn on the wrist until it is launched into the air. Called Nixie, the camera-equipped gadget in November won a wearable computing contest sponsored by Intel.
               
Intel was slow to launch chips for smartphones and tablets, and Krzanich, who took over as CEO in 2013, has made it a top priority to avoid repeating that mistake with future computing trends.

Intel also showed off a wristband that transforms into a selfie-snapping flying camera, as the chipmaker extends its push into smart wearable gadgets.
               
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Krzanich also announced a five-year, $300 million investment in math-related education and other programs to help employ more women and minorities in the technology and the video game industries.

CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 9 and is expected to feature 3,600 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees.