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Intel kills 'Vaunt' smart glass project

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 Global chip-maker Intel has shut down its “New Devices Group” (NDG) and ceased the development of “Vaunt” smart glasses who were like the eye-mounted wearables like Google Glass, the media reported.

“Despite an investment of several hundred million dollars by Intel, including through acquisitions of other companies, the group never made much of an impact in the wearables market,” a report in The Information said on Thursday.

The closure is probably to result in “some layoffs from the team, around 200 people”, the report noted.

“Intel is continuously working on new technologies and experiences. Not all of these develop into a product we choose to take to market. The Superlight [the codename for Vaunt] project is a great example where Intel developed truly differentiated, consumer augmented reality glasses,” The Verge quoted an Intel statement as saying.

Intel kills 'Vaunt' smart glass project.
Intel kills ‘Vaunt’ smart glass project.

“We are going to take a disciplined approach as we keep inventing and exploring new technologies, which will sometimes require tough choices when market dynamics don’t support further investment,” the statement added.

Jerry Bautista, the lead for “Vaunt,” had mentioned earlier that Intel was working with key ecosystem hardware providers like frames and lenses.

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Google Glass was introduced with much fanfare in 2014. At $1,500, it promised a new, bold era for information.

People, however, realised the device was not yet ready to be part of their lives. There were safety and health concerns.

Google later withdrew the device from the market in 2015.  IANS

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 Intel Has Decided To Stop Manufacturing Its Line Of Compute Cards

NexDock -- one of Intel's partners -- expressed frustration over the discontinuation of Compute Cards.

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Intel showcased its Compute Card platform early in 2017 as a modular component to be incorporated into a wide variety of devices, which is built to accommodate a system on chip (SoC), memory, storage and wireless connectivity together to provide computing power. VOA

Intel has decided to stop developing its line of Compute Cards but it would continue to sell its existing line for the time being and offer support for the current generation of products through 2019.

Intel showcased its Compute Card platform early in 2017 as a modular component to be incorporated into a wide variety of devices, which is built to accommodate a system on chip (SoC), memory, storage and wireless connectivity together to provide computing power.

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“But with no more cards in development, the dream of upgrading the small, interchangeable computers instead of entire devices, like all-in-ones or laptops, seems to have stalled,” the report added. VOA

“Compute Cards were Intel’s vision of modular computing that would allow customers to continually update point of sale systems, all-in-one desktops, laptops and other devices. Pull out one card, replace it with another, and you have a new CPU, plus RAM and storage,” Tom’s Hardware website reported late on Friday.

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“But with no more cards in development, the dream of upgrading the small, interchangeable computers instead of entire devices, like all-in-ones or laptops, seems to have stalled,” the report added. NexDock — one of Intel’s partners — expressed frustration over the discontinuation of Compute Cards. (IANS)