Intel reportedly shutting down its smart glasses group

April 19, 2018 9:26 am

Chip giant is closing down its new devices group, maker of fitness trackers and smart glasses, according to The Information.

Intel appears to be throwing in the towel on its wearables and augmented reality ambitions.

The chip giant will shut down its new devices group, according to a report Wednesday by The Information. The division, formed in 2013, made fitness trackers and smart glasses.

The division had reportedly been quietly working on the Vaunt smart glasses, which it planned to offer to developers in an early access program later this year. The normal-looking glasses were said to combine a very low-power red laser and a holographic reflector to beam simple images directly onto a user’s retina.

“Intel is continuously working on new technologies and experiences. Not all of these develop into a product we choose to take to market,” Intel said in a statement. “The Superlight project [aka Vaunt] is a great example where Intel developed truly differentiated, consumer augmented reality glasses. We are going to take a disciplined approach as we keep inventing and exploring new technologies,

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