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Intel Buys Recon, Maker Of Smart Glasses

Chip maker Intel is plunking down $175 million to buy Recon Instruments, a maker of smart glasses for sports teams and athletes.

SAN FRANCISCO — Intel has acquired smart eyeglass maker Recon Instruments for a reported $175 million. Recon created smart eyewear with a heads–up display for sports.

Intel's venture capital arm invested in Recon in 2013 with the goal of accelerating product development, marketing, and sales. Intel hopes the formal acquisition will expand its presence in the head mounted display market.

(Image: Recon)

(Image: Recon)

Recon will continue to sell its Jet and Snow glasses, and will also now partner with Intel's New Devices Group to develop smart device platforms for a broader set of customers and market segments, a press release stated.

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User Rank: Ninja
6/24/2015 | 11:50:05 AM
good looking gear
If Intel combines the look of luxury glasses with the features of smart wear we might finally have a pair of smart glasses you would want to wear and don't feel weird in instead of wired. For sports I can see a good looking pair of smart sunglasses making it's way to help you pace a run, check your stats, and help you meet your fitness goals, all without looking at your phone or smart watch.
User Rank: Ninja
6/19/2015 | 7:19:18 AM
Wearable push?
This is an interesting move, as Intel has shown a lot of interest in wearable developments with technology like its Edison and Curie systems. I wonder if either of those will end up in a new generation of smartglasses? Perhaps too, Intel will position itself to compete with Microsoft's Hololens. 
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