Intel invests in wearable device maker Recon Instruments

Recon Jet by Recon Instruments

Recon Jet by Recon Instruments

Tech analysts have predicted that wearable devices are the next big thing, which is perhaps why Intel is dropping serious dough on a potential Google Glass rival. The semiconductor company, through its investment arm Intel Capital, has announced it has made a “significant investment” in Recon Instruments, known for making Recon Jet augmented reality-equipped eyewear (pictured) and a bunch of headsets for sports participants.

The investment aims at helping Recon Instruments from product development to marketing to beefing up its sales staff. Recon, meanwhile, would be able to tap into Intel’s expertise in manufacturing, operations, and technology. Both companies did not reveal how much Intel invested on Recon.

The report comes after Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in an interview with Reuters back in June that his company plans on incorporating its chip technology into more products, including wearable devices. Intel has previously invested on Thalmic Labs, which develops an armbad called MYO that enables users to control objects through gesture commands.

Recon Jet by Recon Instruments

In a statement, Intel’s Vice President and General Manager for New Devices Group Mike Bell said: “Wearable computing is a major, accelerating phenomenon that re-defines how we use and interact with information.”

He added: “In Recon Instruments, we see compelling technology and a solid strategy to capitalize on the wearable revolution. This is an area of significant focus for Intel Capital, and our investment in Recon Instruments is a key part of our approach to innovation in this emerging space.”

Apart from Jet, Recon Instruments also offers the Snow, a system installed in specially-designed snow goggles. It gives the users GPS-collected data from navigation and jump airtime to distance and speed.

Source: eWeek

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