Feb 9, 2018

You can wear Intel's Vaunt smart glasses without looking odd

Intel recently unveils its Vaunt smart glasses which look like regular eyeglasses only weighing less than 50 grams. There's a low-powered class one laser inside its plastic frame that shines a red, monochrome 400 x 150-pixel image in the lens.

No doubt, we are living in an era where almost everything we interact with is an intelligent machine be it the smartphones, smartwatches, smart glasses, to name a few. While smartphones and smartwatches are an ever-growing industry, the smart glasses seem to be experiencing otherwise. There are a lot of companies who tried and failed at the game: Google with its Google Glasses, Snap with its Snapchat Spectacles, and the list goes on. Others such as the Magic Leap One goggles also failed to impress the majority with its ugly design. Although knowing all this, Intel still decided to jump on the smart glasses bandwagon and recently unveiled the resulting product of its endeavors.

Behold Intel's Vaunt smart glasses, and yes, there are no creepy cameras and glowing LCD screens, no button to push and no gesture area to swipe, no weird arm floating in front of the lens, as well as no speaker and no microphone; it just looks like regular eyeglasses. In short, you can use it outside without looking strange. The Vaunt is impressively light with its plastic frames and lenses only weighing less than 50 grams. To make it possible, Intel crammed a low-powered class one laser, a processor, an accelerometer, a Bluetooth chip, and a compass inside the eyewear's stem. The laser occasionally shines a red, monochrome 400 x 150-pixel image into the right lens, projecting it into the user's retina.

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The tiny projected screen contains simple notifications such as giving you a heads-up regarding someone's birthday. You can also check your phone's notifications right on the spot. The motion sensors can also detect whether you are in the kitchen and it will show you the shopping list or a recipe. Considering that the laser is beaming directly into your retina, the image is always in focus, regardless of whether you are wearing prescription or non-prescription lenses. It is worth mentioning that the Vaunt is still in its early development stage so changes are inevitable. We'll surely know more about it in the months to come.