Intel Smart Eyewear Deal With Oakley Latest Move in Wearables Push
The introduction of the Radar Pace glasses comes after the demonstration of other Intel-powered wearable devices during Fashion Week shows in New York and Paris.Intel over the past few weeks has continued to press forward with its efforts in the growing wearable device market, taking advantage of high-profile fashion shows in New York and Paris to show off its capabilities and putting its financial backing behind a startup in the industry. Intel officials view the wearable space—indeed, the internet of things (IoT) market as a whole—as a significant growth area for the company and is aggressively moving away from its legacy as a PC chip maker to be the foundational tech supplier for an increasingly connected world. The vendor for several years has been expanding into the area of connected wearable devices, and showed off its latest innovations over the past several weeks. Most recently, Intel and Luxottica Group this week unveiled the Oakley-branded Radar Pace smart eyewear (pictured), which essentially acts as a virtual coach for wearers while running or cycling. The smart glasses, which sell for $449 on the Oakley website, connect to free smartphone apps for Apple's iOS or Google's Android mobile operating systems and use Intel's Real Speech technology to communicate with the wearer. The Radar Pace eyewear, via the apps, can develop a training program based on the wearer’s goals and training already completed and track the wearer’s performance, according to officials with both companies. The device interprets data in real time and, through ear buds attached to the sides and an integrated microphone, can coach the wearer in the moment and respond to the user's questions, giving the person a hands-free and natural way to work out, they said.
In addition, through the Bluetooth headset, the user also can make and receive calls, listen to music and text.