Intel has suffered a setback in its efforts to become a leader in the emerging market for wearable devices, after being forced to recall a smartwatch for safety reasons.
The world's biggest chipmaker said it had taken the drastic step of telling all customers to return the watch, called the Basis Peak, after finding it "can overheat, which could result in burns or blisters on the skin surface". It had already warned users to stop wearing the device in June after first hearing complaints.
"We are aware that a small number of customers have reported discomfort, blistering or burns on their wrist under the watch body," Intel said. It did not say how many watches it had sold or how many had malfunctioned, though it put the number of "reported cases" of problems at one in 500 at the time of its first warning.
Intel had also said some customers had complained of "overheating and melting of their charging cradles".