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Google Glass Teams With Intel for New Generation of Wearable Gadgets

By    |   Monday, 01 Dec 2014 07:44 AM

Google Glass has cut a deal with Intel for the semiconductor manufacturer to provide chips for future versions of its wearable gadgets, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Internet eyeglasses like Google Glass have capabilities similar to smartphones, but are hands free.

Google Glass currently markets its computerized eyewear to runners, bicyclists, golfers, cooks — anyone who wants to have their hands free and an eye on streaming data. The items sell at prices starting at about $1,500.

Google introduced Internet-connected eyewear in 2012 using chips from Texas Instruments.

For the next version of its wearable technology, Google is turning to Intel, which it expects will offer tiny chips with a longer battery life. Google Glass batteries currently last for about a day — but much less when used for video, the Journal reported.

"For wearables like Glass, the processor has to be lower power because the batteries have to be so small," said Al Cowsky an analyst at TechInsights' Teardown.com, the Journal reported.

For now, most customers have been private individuals. Intel wants to expand the base to include industrial users such as hospitals, construction companies and factories.

Google will team up with software developers like Augmedix and APX Labs to provide new uses for its products.

"We expect Glass to evolve and be more useful for companies, but it will still be a crossover device for consumers," said Eric Johnsen of APX Labs. The company develops Glass software used in manufacturing, the petroleum industry and logistics, the Journal reported.

Google still conceives its wearable technology as first and foremost a consumer gadget.

Google and Intel have previously collaborated on chips for servers, Android and Chrome operating systems, self-driving vehicles, and the Google's Nexus Player streaming-media device, the Journal reported.

Intel separately is working with a fashion company, Opening Ceremony, on a computerized bracelet.

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