Intel takes a stake in Canadian wearable manufacturer Recon Instruments, which makes intelligent, Google Glass-like goggles for skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Google Glass and Samsung Galaxy Gear the high-profile wearable technology ventures, but other products in the works will be more practical, more affordable, more power-efficient, and not fashion statements.
After calculators, PCs and mobile phones, Intel is now jumping into wearable devices with an extremely low-power chip called Quark, which was big news at the company's annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Leading the charge into the new market is Intel's new leadership team consisting of CEO Brian Krzanich and President Renee James, who also articulated on plans to achieve fast growth in the mobile market while trying to reinvigorate PC sales.
Intel launched its Intel Developer Forum Tuesday by announcing a new line of Quark embedded chips, while showing off PCs running next-generation "Bay Trail" Atom and "Broadwell" Core chips.
Nissan is working on a smartwatch that will monitor both its Nismo cars and their drivers.
Intel has hired away the senior design director for Oakley, who will bring his experience with smartglasses to the "new devices" team within the company.
Wearable devices present an opportunity for chip makers to use technologies that may have not been successful to date, says an analyst.
The Galaxy Gear is a glamorous accessory with many limitations.
The slick, camera-equipped Gear is great news...if you own a brand-new Note 3 or Note 10.1 tablet.
Besides its newly unveiled smartwatch mobile chip vendor Qualcomm is investing in mobile services to help drive demand for its processors, including streaming music with Rhapsody and "microlocation" deals with the Miami Dolphins.