Chipmaker Intel has announced its partnership with Italy s Luxottica to develop smartglasses that are also fashionable. The company announced that deal is a multiyear R&D collaboration to fuse premium, luxury and sports eyewear with smart technology. Also Read - Airtel partners with Intel for its 5G network development: Details hereAlso Read - Intel exec reveals mobile gamers want to shift to PCs; pandemic accelerated the process
Luxottica is not only the biggest eyewear maker in the world, but is also Google s partner for the Google Glass. But the eyewear maker has said its partnership with Intel is for glasses that serve specific purposes and won t compete with the Google Glass. Also Read - COMPUTEX 2021: Intel launches two new 11th Gen U-series processors
Intel too is said to be involved in the Google Glass project. A Wall Street Journal report earlier this week claimed that the company s chips will replace components from Texas Instruments in the next-generation Google Glass.
“The growth of wearable technology is creating a new playing field for innovation,” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said. “Through our collaboration with Luxottica Group, we will unite our respective ecosystems and bring together Intel’s leading-edge silicon and software technology with Luxottica’s design innovation and consumer expertise. We expect the combination of our expertise to help drive a much faster pace of innovation and push the envelope of what’s possible.”
Intel, which was late to the smartphone and tablet race, is ensuring that it doesn t make the same mistake again with the wearable segment. In addition to partnering for the eyewears, Intel has already unveiled its own smartwatch called the Basis Peak, and also a smart shirt laden with Intel sensors that measure heart rate without use of an additional heart rate strap.