​Intel could power Google Glass in a marriage of convenience

Reports show a marriage of convenience is on the cards
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Intel could be about to lend Google a hand with its stalling Google Glass project, a report from the Wall Street Journal has revealed.

The usual “people familiar with the matter” have told the WSJ that an Intel chip will replace the current Texas Instruments technology inside the iconic smartglasses.

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What’s more, it seems that Intel will also “promote” Glass to corporations and businesses, a sure sweetener for the deal. Glass has seen better uptake in the business world than the consumer one, and Google has already been helping companies to create bespoke apps via the Glass At Work program.

Intel’s expertise is within business and its server division is used to speaking to huge corporations and establishing long-term deals and relationships. With Intel’s backing, Glass could receive a shot in the arm, and a way into some of the world's biggest companies.

The Intel effect

It remains to be seen what effect Intel’s technology will have on Glass itself. The company has been busy working on a number of wearable projects from the Intel MICA to the fantastic SMS Audio headphones.

One of Google’s big challenges is increasing Glass' battery life – and Intel’s tech could be crucial here. Unlike most wearables, Glass is quite intensive and feature rich; there’s a screen to power, a camera, recording and a tonne of apps and information to deal with.

Intel’s existing wearable processor technology has shown great potential for the more intensive applications, as Wareable found out when we chatted to Jim Chase, head of Edison at the Maker Faire in Rome.

Efficiently powering intensive applications and then getting the processor back down to a low-power state quickly is one of Intel’s strengths. It means the next version of Google Glass could have more powerful features, better usability and last all day...we can hope, can't we?

Source: Wall Street Journal


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