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Vaunt Is Intel's Smart Glasses That Don't Make You Look Stupid

07 February 2018, 12:48 | Rudolph Thomas

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Overall the smart glass by Intel looks much better than Google Glasses and does overcome some of the issues that it had but one question still is left unanswered, what exactly is the target audience for such a device and who exactly is willing to spend money to buy glasses that can show information on a part of screen.

A giant Silicon Valley company decides you might like to wear a computer on your head - so you can see helpful digital information floating right in front of your eyes.

Now we finally have an idea of what Intel's "Vaunt" smart glasses look like, and we're happy to say they look nothing like the conspicuous Google Glass specs that Google tried to sell a few years ago before abandoning the project.

Intel provided the first exclusive look at the Vaunt smart glasses to The Verge, which gained access to a prototype of the device in December.

"Vaunt isn't likely to have that sort of impact", he explained, "but they can be an important bridge between the consumer-side disappointment of Google Glass to a more realistic consumer AR market".

The laser is a VCSEL - the same laser used by the iPhone X to scan your face for Animoji and Face ID - and one that Intel's NDG promises is too weak to cause any retinal damage. The smart glasses are attractive and non-geeky and can be worn comfortably all day.

"The glasses don't have cameras, or a lot of processing ability, or the ability to display data in any color besides red", noted Hanich. You can dismiss and acknowledge notifications with simple swipes of the head (no hands required).

From the outside, the Vaunt looks like any other ordinary glasses. As the laser is beaming directly on the retina the image is always at the focus.

Smart glasses are usually easy to spot because they come with obvious signs of tech additions such as a camera.

Intel seem to be keen on keeping the device as least noticeable and intrusive as possible, hence the low weight at around 50 grams, and the fairly regular glasses aesthetic - a far cry from the Google Glass.

Besides, the display isn't visible unless the user looks at it. Notably, Intel's smart glasses will get voice assistant integration in the future as it does not have a microphone right now, the company has revealed. The project is still in its early stages of development so there is still more to hope and see in the development of the product.

With the smart glasses, Intel wants to make sure that users are not bombarded with notifications and rather provide "ambient, contextual information". According to Intel it will start an "early access program" later this year to allow developers build apps and imagine use cases for the new platform.

"Something like Pokémon Go may work on them", she said, "but developers will have to sacrifice graphics and the ability to display an object in sync with the terrain".

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