Intel still wants to make smart glasses happen. After the failure of both Google Glasses and Snapchat’s Snap Spectacles, Intel has now come with their own glasses called Vaunt which might just be the type of smart glasses people would want to wear.
Unlike the other two glasses that look a bit crazy to wear in public, Intel’s Vaunt looks just like normal sunglasses for onlookers.With the frame made of plastic, it weighs just under 50 grams and features a low-powered class one laser, as well as a processor, an accelerometer, a Bluetooth chip and a compass placed on the stems.
The laser, which is so low-powered that it’s safe for the eyes, will beam a red, monochrome 400 x 150 pixel image to your eyes. The image will tell you it’s someone’s birthday or show notifications from your phone. The motion sensor might also detect that you’re in the kitchen and will then send you a recipe. And because the image is projected right onto your retina, it will always be in focus no matter whether you have prescription or non-prescription lenses.
When it comes to controlling, you can move to one notification to another simply by nodding your head or making other subtle gestures, so you could still use the glasses without having to stop whatever you’re currently doing. For example, you can read your messages without looking away from the person you’re having a conversation with.
”When we look at what types of new devices are out there, [we are] really excited about head-worn [products],” said Itai Vonshak, head of products for NDG. “Head-worn products are hard because people assign a lot of attributes to putting something on their head. It means something about their personality.”
”We wanted to make sure somebody puts this on and gets value without any of the negative impact of technology on their head,” he added. “Everything from the ground up is designed to make the technology disappear.”
The first version of Vaunt, which was recently tested by Verge, has no camera or microphone yet. But he future version might have a microphone that works with voice assistants like Alexa or Siri.
Intel hasn’t said whether or not they will sell Vaunt themselves, but it sounds more likely that they will partner with other companies which can bring the technology to the market. Intel is set to launch an early acess program and SDK so developers can try on the glasses and find out what they can do with it.