Augmented Reality is having a difficult time escaping into the real world, as another product suffers a fatal stumble.
Bloomberg reports Intel has shuttered their recently purchased Recon brand of augmented reality glasses, which they purchased in 2015.
Very much like Google Glasses, the £579.99 goggles would add a screen and Android computer to your headset, allowing you, in this case, to glance down and see features such as GPS maps, speed, and other sensor data. Marketed mainly at athletes, Recon also saw uses in areas as diverse as emergency response.
Intel has reportedly shut the 100 person unit after earlier cutting 1/3 of the workforce.
The news follows Intel earlier confirming that it had also decided to exit Project Alloy, their mixed reality reference design they worked on with Microsoft.
While augmented reality makes for exciting demos, so far we have seen little application in the real world and multiple casualties along the way, as companies wait for the underlying technology to mature to a level were designs would be less bulky and costs would be consumer-acceptable. Some have speculated this would not be before 2019 at the earliest.
See what the world will be missing out on in Recon’s demo video below: