According to the “people familiar with the matter,” Google will replace the chip inside Google Glass next year. A report by the Wall Street Journal indicates that the Texas Instruments processor currently inside Glass will be replaced with an Intel chip.
Google officially launched Glass in 2012 and has seen a slow adoption rate. The goal is for Intel and Google to work closely together and make the wearable more popular. The Journal noted that Intel plans to push Glass into the healthcare space and manufacturing, but both companies declined to comment. In addition, there is no indication of how Google Glass will go beyond business use to become more a consumer product and gain mass appeal.
Earlier this year, Google Glass was approved by the Canadian regulators, noting “Glass has regulatory approval from Industry Canada and we’re super excited to bring Glass north of the border. We don’t have a timeframe to share at this time, but Glass will comply with all regulations when it launches in Canada.”