“Google Glass competitor Recon, which sells the Recon Jet heads-up display and bills itself as the Google Glass for athletes and professionals, has secured an investment from Intel Capital,” John Koetsier and Dean Takahashi report for VentureBeat.
“In perhaps bigger news, the company announced that it has already shipped 50,000 units worldwide of its Snow model, designed for skiers,” Koetsier and Takahashi report. “That’s huge — likely many multiples of what Google has shipped of Glass, which is currently only available to a few thousand Glass Explorers for a fairly staggering $1,500. In a direct shot across the bow of Google Glass, the company says it offers ‘the world’s most advanced wearable computer.’ Recon Jet sells for $599, but the company announced today it would be taking $100 off ‘to celebrate our Intel Capital partnership.'”
Koetsier and Takahashi report, “And that might not be the most interesting part… there’s a little hint of an Apple connection in the company’s press release.
‘We have spent the last five years leading the heads-up display category in the consumer space,’ CEO Dan Eisenhardt said. ‘In fact, Recon has shipped more than 50,000 heads-up displays worldwide, including a very successful campaign in Apple retail stores.’ Eisenhardt’s comment shows that at minimum, Apple is working to expand the market for heads-up, connected, wearable displays beyond Google Glass, which gets the lion’s share of the press for wearables.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]