Why Is Intel Corporation Struggling In The Wearables Business?


Intel’s wearable device range Basis was not well-known among customers, and now the company has reportedly planned to end some of its wearable products. So it is quite natural to wonder what is wrong with Intel’s wearables.

Discontinuing products

Intel integrated Basis, which it acquired in 2014, with its New Devices Group (NDG), a new unit to support its wearable ambition. Apart from Basis, the chip maker made a few more acquisitions in this area, such as smart eyewear maker Recon. Intel’s NDG was able to push out gadgets such as the Basis Peak and Basis Titanium. However, the Basis Peak was permanently pulled out shortly after reports of overheating issues, says Techtimes.

Also the chip maker ceased making proprietary software for the Peak. A notification on the Basis website says the chip maker is closing the service on Dec. 31. Other smartwatches by Intel’s wearable department could be also phased out at some point.

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It appears that the company’s wearable challenges are not just limited to one faulty device. There were no new announcements related to the Basis range, and there was no talk about Recon either. Also the launch of the Basis Ruby, a new smartwatch, has been stopped, says Techtimes.