Second Generation of Google Glass said to have Intel Inside
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Second Generation of Google Glass said to have Intel Inside

By CIOReview | Monday, December 1, 2014

FREMONT, CA: Google and Intel seems all set to explore the emerging wearable technology market. Wall Street Journal reports citing sources familiar with the matter, that Intel will be the next suppliers of chip for the Google glass replacing Texas Instruments.

Internet-connected eyewear launched a couple of years back is largely considered ‘nerdy,’ and consumer device; but Google is sweating on a program it calls Glass at Work together with software developers from Augmedix and APX Labs. Part of the plan is to boost the use of Glass in fields such as hospital networks, construction industry and manufacturers, where people are actually involved in hands on work but also needs additional information.

Google glass is evolving under the hands of expert developers to fit the demands of various industries. Eric Johnsen, a former Google employee who worked on the Google Glass project, told the Wall Street Journal that the next version of the device will have batteries with longer life satisfying both industries as well as consumers. The Journal also quotes the words of Al Cowsky, an analyst at TechInsights’ Teardown.com who examined the first version of Glass: “For wearables like Glass, the processor has to be lower power because the batteries have to be so small.”

Intel chips are most commonly used in personal computers and servers used in data centers. Currently speculations are being made on what Intel chip Google will use in the new version of Glass. “The possibility of Intel in the next version of Glass suggests that Google is working on making the processing power of the wearable as good as that of some computers,” writes Dean Takahashi for VentureBeat.com.

The latest move of Intel under the stewardship of new CEO Brian Krzanich is also seen as an attempt to make up for the lost opportunity in the mobility market. Intel's Quark, Edison, and, most recently, the luxury MICA bracelet are all part of its effort to gain ground in wearable market.  

Google and Intel have been working together for long on different projects. Intel chips power Google servers, Intel’s Xeon chips have been used in Google’s self-driving cars and Atom chips are used in the Nexus Player, a new Google streaming-media device. However, all the three companies have declined to comment on the news.