#14 Google Goggles Is Officially Dead

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Intel’s Vaunt: Discreetly Smart Eyeglasses for Sensurround Data

Smart eyeglasses are old news and with Google Glass and Snap Spectacles receiving lukewarm reception why did Intel launch Vaunt? Intel, the 50-year old company synonymous with high-speed CPUs tossed its hat into the ring of smart glass developers with a different take on what smart eyeglasses should be. First, it had to be stylish, not nerdy looking. Intel considered acceptance a hurdle since people were resistant to smart wearable that made them look geeky.

Cool designs that were lightweight (only 50 grams even with the batteries, laser, and electronics) worked with prescriptions and felt like normal glasses do debuted in February 2018 and true enough, looked pretty standard. No outlandish buttons, screens, camera, or jutting microphones for this AR gadget using Retinal Projection Technology. In fact, Intel developers bragged about being able to play games and holding a conversation with company none the wiser that they didn’t have your attention 100%. Smart, utilitarian, and subtle – what’s not to like?

The Retinal Projection Technology eliminates the screens common to other smart glasses. Low power laser considered safe for the eyes projects the images to the retina so you can discreetly read data, text, and other information discreetly without pushing buttons or gesturing wildly. Intel’s New Design Group (NDG) re-engineered Vaunt for Apple and Android and did away with the camera and other obvious touch controls. Intel’s Vaunt uses voice, head movement, eye motion, AI, and of course laser for a totally hands-free experience.

This is not the first time Intel was involved in the development of smart glasses. In late 2016, it also released the Intel Recon Jet Pro touted as the hands-free Smart glasses for the connected workforce. While Intel is releasing the Vaunt for developers so they could explore practical uses and discover new potentials, the Recon Jet Pro’s purpose was very clear: it provided smartphone functionality and hands-free convenience. It changed workflows so that by streamlining, work was done efficiently and saved companies a lot of money – while significantly decreasing errors and speeding-up tasks. Since it operated in real time, these glasses were used in activities that required mission-critical for quick decisions. But the Jet-Pro could not masquerade as your normal daily-wear, not by a long shot. The Vaunt, projected to possess the best characteristics of the Jet-Pro such as ease of use, total control, and connectivity is intended for the general public as they go about daily tasks. The Vaunt will be released to developers by the year’s end with pricing still to be determined.





Sigma wants to make Nikon 1 lenses

Now, Sigma is confirming that they would like to have the opportunity to produce lenses for the Nikon 1 range of cameras.

Before they can do this, they need to secure the technology from Nikon first before they can venture in to delving to the Nikon 1 lenses.

Sigma just recently started offering lenses for compact cameras. Their two latest lenses, the 30mm and 19mm for Sony E-mount cameras.

They were able to produce such lenses for the compact camera due to the fact that Sony released the information needed by Sigma to produce the lens.

Third party lenses are cheaper compared to those that are manufactured by the big named brands.

Graham Armitage of Sigma UK told TechRadar that,”We’d like to provide lenses for everybody, but they don’t [Nikon] haven’t released the tech yet. It will also depend on how successful the initial two lenses perform as well.”

Nikon currently has only three compatible lenses for their Nikon 1 line.

Other third party manufacturers like Tokina and Tamron are also intrigued by this venture. They have signified their intention to produce such lenses.

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