Intel Acquires Smart Eyewear Company Recon

Intel has completed the acquisition of Recon Instruments, the maker of smart sports eyewear. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Recon was formerly an Intel Capital portfolio company.


The move will give Intel access to a talented, experienced wearable computing team that will help it expand the market for head mounted display products, similar to the now discontinued Google Glass.

Recon’s products will continue to be sold in stores post-acquisition. Instead, the team will collaborate with Intel’s New Devices Group to develop smart device platforms to make wearables mainstream.

Ongoing Intel wearable projects include the Curie Module, a tiny device powered by Intel’s first wearable SoC. The company has also partnered by Oakley to build smart eyewear and has teamed up with Tag Heuer and Google to build a smartwatch.

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