Intel’s making waves in tech sector
Intel will most likely replace Texas Instruments as the chip provider for Google Glass.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google Glass has picked Intel microprocessors for the next-generation of the prominent wearable gadget. According to the report, Intel aims to introduce Google Glass to industries such as hospital networks and manufacturing plants while coming up with new workplace use-case scenarios for the device.
But landing Google Glass would demonstrate that Intel’s new generations of mobile chips have improved in energy efficiency and functionality to the point where they are a plausible option for wearable gadgets and other emerging technologies. From a short battery life to a still-bulky casing, whatever mobile chipset Google taps for the job must significantly improve the capability and form of Google Glass from nerd object to everyday device. After coming late to the mobile game – and getting nearly shut out of the market for smartphones and tablets – Intel has vowed it won’t be caught flat-footed again. Earlier this year, Google said it was pushing the Internet-enabled head-mounted display for business uses with a program called Glass at Work, and said employees of oilfield services company Schlumberger are using Glass to improve safety and efficiency.
Not much is known about the next version of Glass yet the WSJ reports that it will be powered by an unknown Intel chipset, which if true, signals the first significant update to the product since its 2012 announcement. The chipmaker has helped design a slew of mobile products this year, including earbuds that monitor runners’ heart rates and a fashion-minded, connected bracelet called MICA. The company hopes to begin easing back on those subsidies next year, reducing its mobile losses as Intel introduces new classes of microprocessor tailored specifically for tablets. And at its annual investor day last month, Intel said most of Google’s ultra-mobile Chromebooks now run on Intel processors instead of mobile designs from rival ARM Holdings. In April, Google Glass was updated with Android KitKat, boosting its battery life, and has also been given a fashion makeover in an attempt to make it more attractive to consumers.
After Glass was made available to early adopters in 2012, the search giant released the wearable for public sale in the U.S. in May with a price tag of $1,500. While Intel rules in the consumer desktop, laptop and enterprise server space, it has not really been able to create that much of a dent in the mobile chips market which is still dominated by Qualcomm. With the Google Glass partnership and its various low power wearables-focussed processors, Intel is looking to not leave any stone unturned in the Internet of Things segment.
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