Chipmaker Intel Corporation and sports equipment manufacturer Oakley, Inc. are teaming up to produce smart glasses that will ship later this year. Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich and Oakley chief executive Colin Baden announced this collaboration during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas on 6 January 2015.
Although both executives did not reveal extensive details as regards product specifications, it is worth mentioning that Oakley is an established brand for sports sunglasses. Hence, the partnership between the two companies would result in introduction of smart sports glasses and other wearable sports equipment.
Since last year, Intel has been actively venturing into the emerging wearable technology segment. In fact, the company has partnered with several companies and brands involved in fashion, lifestyle, and fitness. These include Basis Peak, Fossil Group, Luxottica Group, MICA and Opening Ceremony, and SMS Audio.
“The rise of new personal computing experiences, intelligent and connected devices, and the wearable revolution are redefining the relationship between consumers and technology,” said Krzanich. “Our goal with Intel technology is to help solve real problems and enable experiences that are truly desired by people and businesses.”
Announced and introduced during CES 2015, the Intel® Curie™ module will power wearable devices from Intel.
The module, a button-sized hardware product, is the first purpose-built system-on-chip (SoC) from Intel. Designed specifically for wearable devices, Intel® Curie™ includes key specifications such as Intel® Quark™ SE SoC, Bluetooth low-energy radio, sensor, and battery charging.
“It’s important that the form factor compress so that the electronic component of it doesn’t become burdensome,” said Baden. “With a partner like Intel I think of all the functionality that we can compress into a very small space, into a beautifully designed pair of glasses, will change the sport industry for us, and will change lifestyle construct of our culture.”
Krzanich noted that the Intel® Curie™ fits well in sports wearables because it has a dedicated sensor hub processor and pattern classification engine. These two features will allow identification of different data relating to sports activities, including movements and vital stats, with precision and efficiency.