Intel abandons the development of smart glasses by closing the entire department dedicated to next-generation technology.
The New Devices Group (NDG), founded in 2013, is closed, which suggests the information in "some layoffs", potentially affecting hundreds of employees.
Smart glasses, called Vaunt, were unveiled just a few months ago. Far less scary than Google Glass, the headset was designed to look like regular eyewear and worked by hurling a laser directly into your retina to create holographic images.
VAUNT has been promising in the augmented reality space, but it now appears that Intel has decided that there is currently no smart eyewear market.
A statement on The Verge, Intel said:
"Intel is constantly working on new technologies and experiences, and not all of them are evolving into a product we bring to market, and the Superlight [Vaunt] project is a great example Here we have developed a truly differentiated augmented-reality goggle.
We will adopt a disciplined approach as we invent and explore new technologies that sometimes require difficult decisions if market momentum does not support further investment. "19659009] It recalls to the fate of Google Glass – Google's answer to the hands-free Internet connection. Futuristic, expensive and associated with customization, the gadget eventually flopped due to consumer ridicule, malaise and privacy issues.
However, the tech giant was not completely ready to abandon its goals and Google Glass from the ashes of failure to redesign with a specific goal in mind – the corporate market.
In 2017, Glass was reset, renamed "Glass Enterprise" and resigned to become an aid to factory workers, physicians, and engineers.
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Whether Intel ever picks up on the Smart Glass idea is up for debate. However, this seems unlikely in the near future, as the closure of the unit was considered a "difficult decision" triggered by market conditions.
Unless a true case is found for consumer-based smart eyewear with widespread and accepted adoption, smart eyewear can remain in the field of work where it can be tailored for specific tasks and applications.
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