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Intel buys smart eyewear manufacturer

Posted: 19 Jun 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel? Recon Instruments? smart glass? eyewear? Android Wear?

Intel has subsumed Recon Instruments, a smart eyeglass maker, for a reported $175 million. Recon has created smart glasses 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.

Recon Jet eyewear

Recon Jet eyewear. Source: Recon

Recon will continue to sell its Jet and Snow glasses, and will also partner with Intel's new devices group to develop smart device platforms for a broader set of customers and market segments, according to a recent press release.

The purchase follows a 2014 partnership with luxury eyewear company Luxottica, which owns brands Ray-Ban, Oakley and Persol, and licenses Chanel and Tiffany. Intel has also partnered with TAG Heuer and Google to launch a Swiss smartwatch powered by Intel technology and Android Wear.

Intel will likely use Recon's technology in collaboration with Luxottica, said Patrick Moorhead, principal and president of Moor Insights & Strategy. Recon's current smart eyeglass models do not use Intel processors, though the button-sized Curie module could find its way into a Recon device.

- Jessica Lipsky
??EE Times

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