Sometime in 2015, you would be able to see the new version of the Google Glass.
This version would have unique features with an Intel ×86 chip inside. Previous versions of this device came with an ARM chip, particularly in the Glass Explorer Edition.
You can now compare the Google Glass to a wearable computer.
Launched in 2012, Google Glass was the first of its kind among Google Products.
The Hardware was meticulously made and had good features, but on account of the price tag, sales were limited. There were other issues like low battery life and general performance.
The first Google Glass Explorer Edition was seen in May at a price of $1500.
The huge price tag feels a little too much given that the battery life is limited and the processor is not very new.
The Google Glass, if used by a common person, would need to be with good battery backup and should last the average user for the whole day.
For this, a huge battery would be required, which cannot be added to a spectacle frame; it would be insane to carry such weight over one’s ear.
Google Glass can optimize their devices in a way so as to add a cellular connectivity within the device.
The existing model of Google glass makes it mandatory that the Glass is paired with a smartphone using Bluetooth.
This would in turn require a better battery, as including cellular connectivity in the device would require a bigger battery again.
The Wall Street Journal Report states that in the Google Glass 2015, Intel would be supplying the SoC in the latest version of the Glass.
We are yet to know if the device would be the consumer verison of the product or would be a wearable computer exclusive to early adopters and developers.
No news of the Intel chip, that has been picked by Google for its newest Google Glass has been received as yet. The current devices use the OMAP 4430 SoC powerchip which is a big battery drainer.
So, the chances are bright that the current device would sport any intel chip with 14nm or 22nm parts, possibly a Cherry Trail or a Morganfield, which are both 14nm chips. These chips have been used in Android devices earlier and have done a good job.
Other contenders for this chip might be the newer and edgier ultra-low power chips like SoFIA and Quark.
The SoFIA would be the best choice as it is an a×86 SoC that is inclusive of integrated cellular radios and and is made on the 28nm at TSMC with cost cutting objectives in mind.
The reason why Google Glass suddenly picked Intel chips is not clear, but it may be attributed to a number of low power consuming chips that may be coming from Intel.
Another product that can fit into this category is a MICA (My Intelligent Communications Accessory), which is a bracelet like equipment with a 3G connectivity and can be used to stay connected to each other without having to carry devices like smartphones or laptops.