Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Intel's new Vaunt AR smart glasses are almost indistinguishable from regular glasses

Intel's new Vaunt AR smart glasses are almost indistinguishable from regular glasses

A week after Bloomberg claimed Intel wants to sell its majority stake in an augmented reality firm, with the ultimate hope of launching a pair of consumer smart glasses, The Verge has posted photos of these said smart glasses. Importantly, Intel took lessons from Google's unsuccessful attempt and removed several features. So there is none of the camera or microphone attached to the frame, as it has been with Google Glasses launched in 2012.

The holographic reading will reflect the image display directly into your eye using retinal projection. It doesn't have any buttons or the annoyingly glowing LCD screens.

Intel has managed to tuck in the electronics in the sterns and control a very low-powered laser that projects a red, monochrome 400 x 150 resolution image into the user's eyes.

Intel has unveiled its Vaunt smart glasses, which look like normal prescription glasses.

"When we look at what types of new devices are out there, [we are] really excited about head-worn [products]", says Itai Vonshak, head of products for NDG. So Intel will need to rope developers onboard to expand the scope of the glasses; it already has plans to set up an early access program and offer a software development kit to keen devs.

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"We wanted to make sure somebody puts this on and gets value without any of the negative impact of technology on their head". Called Vaunt, the glasses look like your average eyewear, although slightly heavier at around 50 grams. "Everything from the ground up is created to make the technology disappear". An LED display that's always in your peripheral vision is too invasive. Without a speaker or vibrate mode to notify you, I couldn't help but wonder if that would mean a bunch of missed information.

With most AR glasses, people around you can clearly see if you're checking notifications or watching YouTube during a meeting.

Intel has ambitions to develop in more areas than its traditional processor production.

The glasses are light enough to be worn daily without feeling tired according to The Verge.

It looks like Intel is planning to dig up the grave and bring back Smart Glasses. If you are walking down the street of an unfamiliar city, walking directions to your destination would be shown as you make each turn. Is this the way they should be done? As a concept, Vaunt demonstrates how a more accomplished implementation of Google Glass could be developed.

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