13 February 2018
A number of tech giants have been working on smart glasses, including Google, which launched the Google Glass. However, none of the companies had been able to succeed due to lack of customer interest as well as affordability of the glasses. Now, Intel has joined the smart glasses bandwagon and unveiled its new Vaunt glasses.
Intel may succeed in the smart glass marker while others have failed, is because the company’s new smart glasses look like any regular glasses with a frame that is built of plastic. The glasses weight under 50 grams.
The Intel Vaunt smart glasses don’t have any cameras, buttons or touch controls. They are designed to deliver simple notifications to users. The glasses stem control a low-powered class one laser which projects a red, monochrome 400x150 pixels image directly onto the retina.
Intel New Devices Group's Mark Eastwood stated that the glasses are better than a smartwatch as it allows users to check notifications without getting distracted. Users will be able to control the glasses with head nods or other subtle gestures. Intel stated that the Vaunt will reduce work done on smartphones and will support some apps. The wearable will work with both iPhones and Android devices.
The company revealed that Intel's smart glasses will get voice assistant integration in the future, as currently, they don’t have a microphone. Intel says that they don’t want the consumer to be bombarded with notifications; rather they want to offer "ambient, contextual information".
The laser in the smart glasses beams directly into the retina, which makes sure that the image is always in focus. Intel’s glasses can work on prescription glasses as well as on non-prescription lenses. There is also a processor for apps, like an accelerometer, a Bluetooth and a compass.