Intel is moving deeper into the wearable tech scene with their recent acquisition of Recon Instruments who specialize in smart connected eyewear.
On the Recon blog, Recon’s CEO Dan Eisenhardt stated; “Not only is this a huge milestone for us and a pivotal event in the consumer electronics industry; we at Recon believe this is also a tremendous opportunity that will lead to amazing things, just as much for us as for our customers. Intel is an ideal partner for Recon. Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, made his commitment to wearable technology very clear shortly after assuming his current role in 2013.”
The deal between Intel and Recon Instruments came just months after Intel bought Vuzix, who also specialize in smart glasses.
Recon Instruments are known for their smart snow goggles, and the Recon Jet augmented reality smart glasses, which are due due to be released on Amazon July 1st.
Prior to the takeover, Recon was an Intel Capital company, so you could say the deal was always on the cards. Intel are also getting involved in research and development projects with Luxottica, who are the world’s largest eyewear suppliers, the resulting product should be heading our way in 2016.
Augmented reality is going to be big, actually really really big! It will come in the form of smart glasses and others, such as car windshields and bike helmets.
We like the design of the Recon Jet smart glasses, adding them together with the resources of Intel can only result in a leader in the smart glasses industry! Not everybody believes that smart glasses will reach the mainstream, especially after the Google Glass project was halted. Trust me, the non-believers are wrong!
Since being acquired by Intel, Recon Instruments have more room to lower their prices and you can now buy Jet now for around $499 USD instead of $650.
• Recon Jet