Intel pushes further into enterprise wearables with Recon Jet Pro partner and distributor deals

Intel has announced updates to Recon Jet Pro, the company’s smart glasses product, adding that ‘a perception change is coming’ for wearable technology in the enterprise.

The announcements, made at the Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit in San Diego, include an updated partner program, involving ISVs, system integrators and mobile device management providers, targeting industries such as pharmaceutical, chemical, healthcare and security, as well as new distributors, including Mouser Electronics, Ingram Micro, and Synnex.

On a consumer level at least, 2016 was a challenging year for the wearables market. Forecasts from analysts IDC and CCS Insight came to this conclusion while adding a note of optimism around 2017, while Laurent Le Pen, CEO of wearable tech firm Omate, wrote for this publication in January that 2016 had been ‘tough’ for the industry. “Most wearable tech companies I know are either dead or at the hospital”, he wrote.

Yet Intel sees an opportunity for its smart glasses on the enterprise side. “Using technology to solve real-world issues will ultimately drive stronger adoption of wearables across the enterprise and create an appetite for new applications,” wrote Christopher Croteau, general manager for wearable devices at Intel in an editorial post.

“When you think about making the work experience better and more efficient, it is imperative to provide technology solutions that are natural – having visual information and data available at eye level rather than needing to look down at what’s in your hands.”

While the Recon Jet Pro is based around the connected workforce, the Recon Jet, as part of Recon Instruments, an Intel company, is more of a consumer and fitness play. The company announced that former world triathlon champion Tim Don was using the glasses to instantly deliver performance data such as time, distance, pace, and heart rate, at the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championships earlier this month.

Read the full announcement here.

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