Subscribe

Can Intel and corporate America save Google Glass? (+video)

Google is planning on releasing a new version of Glass in 2015. It's being reported that the new version of the wearable device will be powered by an Intel chip. Will new features help Google Glass catch on?

  • close
    According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Google will be trading out processors in its Google Glass device. Right now the wearable device is powered by a Texas Instruments chip. The next iteration of the device will contain a low-power processor from Intel.
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

For all its features, Google Glass is not the most attractive eyewear out there. This lack of aesthetics and a hefty price tag have kept the gadget from catching on. So Google is preparing a new version of the device, and we are beginning to find out some details about it.

Intel will begin supplying the inside hardware for Google Glass next year, according to The Wall Street Journal. An Intel chip will replace the current processor from Texas Instruments. Google Glass allows users to surf the Web, take photos, and send messages using a small screen placed in front of the right eye. The new version, with the addition of Intel, will be marketed to enterprise users. Google started Google at Work in April to develop apps geared toward industries where a hands-free device is crucial.

“We expect Glass to evolve and be more useful for companies, but it will still be a crossover device for consumers,” Eric Johnsen, vice president of business development at APX Labs, which makes Glass apps for workplaces, told the WSJ. Google is selling the glasses in bulk to businesses, offering them a 2-for-1 special.

Intel makes chips that run personal computers, servers, and mobile phones. The company has been trying to make its way into the wearable market. Intel created Quark, an ultra-small x86 processor, which is designed for wearable devices. The company also created a small circuit board called Edison. Last month, Intel revealed details about a wearable bracelet called MICA that it is developing with clothing company Opening Ceremony.

This isn't the first partnership between Google and Intel. The companies worked together to improve the Android operating system and the Chrome operating system. An Intel chip also powers Google's self-driving car.

Google Glass has struggled to catch on with consumers. Current test models of the device go for $1,500. Though no one knows how many devices have been sold, it's safe to say the number isn't very high. In early November, Reuters reported that Glass app developers were abandoning projects because there wasn't enough demand for the device.

"It looks super nerdy," said Shevetank Shah, a Washington-based consultant, told Reuters. His pair of Google Glass sits in a drawer at home. "I'm a card carrying nerd, but this was one card too many."

Google Glass was once marketed as the future of wearable technology, but it seems Google is shifting its focus toward an audience who will use Glass for the functionality and not as a fashion statement.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK