Intel's Vaunt Glasses Disguise Their Smarts

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Intel's Vaunt Glasses Disguise Their Smarts

You can choose to focus on the information provided by Vaunt or ignore it and go on with your day.

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. The Verge has an exclusive hands-on look at Intel's latest efforts called the "Vaunt" smart glasses. 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. The Vaunt works by projecting a red, monochrome image into your eye with a resolution of 400 x 150 pixel.

The lasers in the prototype now project simple data like missed calls and other assorted notifications.

"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. While the idea of smart glasses may not be a concept consumers outright reject, the message was made clear that the smart glasses they want should look like the glasses they already own. There isn't anything overly obvious about them, but they are also built to do a very simple task, focusing on just notifications for the time being. They are compatible with both iOS and Android and look positively normal.

Besides, the display isn't visible unless the user looks at it.

The current iteration of Vaunt doesn't include a microphone, but future versions may add it to help users ask Vaunt questions, like you do with Alexa or Google Assistant.

The Vaunt's magic takes place courtesy of two modules located on each of the glasses' arms which feature the processor and communications chips. This is reflected directly onto the wearer's retina.

Corroborating the previous rumors from Bloomberg, Intel launched the Vaunt smart glasses foraying into a segment once ruled by Google. It does sound futuristic but from a neutral perspective, I do hope that developers can find an interesting use of the technology otherwise it might see a similar end as Google Glasses did three years ago. Vaunt like devices, it seems, can be even more personal than either of these with likely usage scenario as presumed in a video released by Intel showing the smartglasses showing a recipe or displaying flight information as the user is entering an airport.

Weight: 33 Grams or 1.2 Ounces 18 hours of battery life Bluetooth Support for iPhone and Andriod devices Custom Intel processor Early access later this year in 2018 Pricing is not now available.

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