Many predicted that Google Glass would be a hit in 2014. In fact, a report from BI Intelligence even stated that over 800,000 Google Glass units would be sold. The actual number, which Google has not officially released, is more likely in the 250,000 range . Now some are even predicting that Google will start marketing the device for businesses instead, abandoning, or at least pivoting away from, the consumer market. In short, Google Glass, so far at least, has been basically a bust. But that does not mean that smart glasses are dead. Not by a long shot. There are plenty of others willing to take up the mantle, and find the success that has seemingly eluded Google. One of them, Vuzix, just got a big cash infusion to make that dream a reality. The company announced on Friday that it has received a $24.8 million investment from Intel Corporation, specifially to “accelerate the introduction of Vuzix next generation fashion-based wearable display products into the consumer market.” In all, Intel purchased 49,626 of Vuzix’ Series A Preferred Stock, which are convertible into 4,962,600 shares of Vuzix’ common stock. Upon that conversion, Intel will own 30% of Vuzix. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a supplier of video eyewear products in the commercial, consumer and entertainment markets. Its products include video, augmented reality, and virtual reality glasses. The publicly traded company, which has offices in Rochester, NY , Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan, says it holds “39 patents and 10 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field.” Vuzix won Consumer Electronics Show (CES) awards for innovation from 2005 to 2014
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