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.





Intel’s Smart Glasses: First Look On The Vaunt

Intel’s new smart glasses that looked like a normal pair of glasses at first glance

Intel’s new smart glass, Vaunt, is made to disguise as a normal pair of eyeglasses. But it definitely puts a display on your eyeball just like those glasses in sci-fi movies. So cool, isn’t it?

Intel unveiled the newest addition to their family, the Vaunt smart glass. The most important parts of Vaunt are the pieces that were not included in it. There’s no camera to creep people out, no button, and no gesture to swipe. Also, it doesn’t have any LCD screen, no speakers and microphones.

When you take a quick glance, it looks like a normal eyeglass. But, when you’re wearing it, you see a stream of information on what looks like a screen. The magic here is, it’s actually being projected onto your retina.

They also come in several styles and the good thing is, it works with prescriptions. And it can be worn all day. Well, I think I might need one. But there’s this tiny red glimmer that’s occasionally visible on the right lens. Apart from that, people might not recognize that you’re actually wearing a smart glass.

Like the Google Glass that was released a few years ago, Vaunt will launch an “early access program” for developers.

Back from its days, Google’s goal was to convince us we could change our lives for a head-worn display. But, Intel doesn’t want that to happen. They want to change the head-worn display to fit our lives.

“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 Intel’s New Devices Group (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”. That’s Vonshak’s politic words of saying other smart glasses looked terrible. And their main goal was to create a “zero social cost.”

Google’s Glass gave a bad reputation to wearable devices. They aimed for a full, high-end AR experience that literally puts a Windows PC on your head. And not to mention the design that looked like a pair of goggles.

Nowadays, we live in an advanced world with wearable devices that have LTE. Just like our smartwatches that can be worn in a day to day basis. Well, Intel’s actually looking forward to exactly put it that way. A hassle-free experience of technology.

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