Remember a few years ago when there was all that hype about smart glasses? Where did that go? It seemed to be a fad that simply died away before it even began – and now it seems as though Intel are picking up the pieces and putting a whole new spin on everything we thought we knew about smart glasses.
The Intel Vaunt smart glasses are designed to look like your standard eyewear – a slim, lightweight (around 50g) plastic frame housing all the technology needed – moving away from the rather outlandish designs we’ve previously been exposed to. Intel Vaunt smart glasses are completely hands-free, controlled via subtle head motions, voice controls, lasers and AI to making for a subtler experience.
They’re also designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. Unlike other smart glasses which project a display on to the glass itself, the Intel Vault uses low-powered lasers (VCSEL) to project images on to the retina of your right eye. Sound scary? Intel have promised these lasers are too weak to cause damage to your eye and instead provide more privacy and a crisper image. Since the display is projected onto your retina and not the glass, no-one else can see what you’re seeing and even if you don’t have 20:20 vision, the projected images will be as clear as day. You can have your very own prescription in the glasses and still see the clear AR images to the bottom right of your right eye’s vision. Pretty neat!
So, what’s the use? Intel are leaving that up to developers when it releases its early access program sometime this year. Suggestions include pairing with your smartphone to show you maps and directions, easily pull up and view your shopping list and see things like restaurant reviews when strolling around town. Let’s hope the Intel Vaunt sticks around!
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