Intel is working on smart glasses you could actually wear

  • Intel is working on smart glasses you could actually wear

Intel is working on smart glasses you could actually wear

The objective of these glasses are to show simple and easy to read information in one of your eyes while you are wearing the Vaunt.

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.

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. But the eyewear does offer a bit more of a normal look to the technology than Google Glass did, and could offer the next step in functional wearable technology beyond the smartwatch. What's left is a unique display that uses a low-power laser and a holographic reflector on the right lens to superimpose a red, monochrome image with a resolution of about 400x150 onto the user's field of view.

The Vaunt shows what's possible with this particular type of technology, which, as The Verge points out, is coming regardless of whether or not Vaunt catches on or someone else beats Intel with a better product. Of course, these users will still need prescription lenses in their Vaunts to see the outside world clearly. Intel hopes to avoid all the ill will and bad press, by stripping away the camera and other offending parts of Glass. They are rolling out a program now to get developers test units, which could fix numerous hurdles Vaunt will have to overcome to be a marketable product.

The company is also reportedly considering adding a microphone and making Vaunt compatible with Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa for voice control.

The projection is done using very low-powered laser. There is no camera, which privacy critics often derided Google Glass for, and there is no goal to these things other than to serve up notifications.

That's because Vaunt uses a low-intensity laser to reflect your notifications directly into your right eye's retina - except only in your peripheral vision, so it doesn't impair your sight.

Furthermore, Intel Vaunt consists of an accelerometer and a compass to understand gestures and in which way the wearer is looking.

Besides, the display isn't visible unless the user looks at it. Intel will develop their own companion apps to help sync with the glasses. The Bluetooth-enabled augmented-reality prototype is compatible with both Android and iOS and look positively ordinary, which considering past smart glasses attempts is a great thing.