Report: Intel to provide chip for Google Glass, promote device in workplaces

The development would dovetail with Intel's push into wearables

Intel will supply a chip for a new version of Google Glass that will be available next year, according to a news report.

The chip will replace one made by Texas Instruments and Intel will promote the new Glass device to workplace users such as hospital and factory staff, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The report did not provide any details about the chip. Google did not immediately respond to a request for information. Intel Japan said it had no comment.

Earlier this year, Google said it was pushing the Internet-enabled head-mounted display for business uses with a program called Glass at Work, and said employees of oilfield services company Schlumberger are using Glass to improve safety and efficiency.

Intel, meanwhile, has been moving into wearables in recent months by working with other companies. At CES 2014, it showed off smart earbuds that can measure a runner's heart rate.

In March, Intel purchased high-end health tracker maker Basis Science. The chip maker's XMM6321 3G cellular radio was incorporated into MICA, a fashion bracelet that was unveiled in September.

In April, Google Glass was updated with Android KitKat, boosting its battery life, and has also been given a fashion makeover in an attempt to make it more attractive to consumers.

After Glass was made available to early adopters in 2012, the search giant released the wearable for public sale in the U.S. in May with a price tag of US$1,500.

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