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Intel's new Vaunt smart glasses look just like normal spectacles

By James Lu - on 6 Feb 2018, 10:30am

Intel's new Vaunt smart glasses look just like normal spectacles

Image source: The Verge

Intel has unveiled an impressively light pair of smart glasses called Vaunt that look just like regular spectacles. Seen by The Verge, the Vaunt smart glasses have a trendy black plastic frame and weigh under 50g. Additionally, the Vaunt does not contain a built-in camera, eliminating much of the creepy vibe associated with other smart glasses like Google Glass.

The electronics in the Vaunt are all crammed into the stems and control a very low-powered, class one laser that beams a red, monochrome 400 x 150 pixel image directly into your eye. While having a laser beamed directly onto your eyeball sounds pretty scary, "it is so low-power that it's at the very bottom end of a class one laser" Intel New Devices Group's Mark Eastwood told the Verge. On top of that, the display isn't even visible unless you look at it, making it unobtrusive for wearers. As it's beamed onto the back of your retina, it's always in focus, regardless of whether you have prescription or non-prescription lenses.

Vaunt is mainly aimed at giving you relatively simple notifications, similar to a smartwatch, but Intel says the glasses are more stealthy, letting you check notifications while doing other activities. In one demo, it showed that you could see a person's birthday and other pertinent personal info while you're chatting with them on the phone.

Other feature on the Vaunt include Bluetooth to link with your smartphone, a processor for apps, a compass and accelerometer so that Vaunt can tell which way you're looking and where you are. For example, the glasses might be able to detect that you're in the kitchen and give you recipes or a shopping list. Future models may also contain a microphone that works with voice assistants like Siri.

To control the Vaunt, Intel wants there to make sure there is "no social cost" in terms of making you do something distracting during a conversation. Instead, you'll be able to control it using head gestures.

As for apps, Intel emphasized that Vaunt will be an open platform. It's getting set to launch an early access program and SDK so that developers can discover for themselves what they can do with it. Programs will generally run from your smartphone, but some apps or specific features might be powered by the Vaunt itself.

Source: The Verge