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Intel Vaunt smart glasses look just like normal glasses

Intel Vaunt smart glasses look just like normal glasses

At the time, we didn't know exactly when to expect an announcement, but it looks like Intel was well and truly prepared.

Called "Vaunt", the peepers, which are still in the prototype phase, look like ordinary glasses, save for a faint, red glimmer that occasionally appears on the right lens. There is no button, no glowing LCD screen, no speaker, and no microphone.

Intel's smartglassees, called Vaunt, looks nearly like an average pair of plastic-framed glasses.

A very low-powered laser (VCSEL) shines a red monochrome image at around 400 x 150 pixels onto a holographic reflector on the right lens of the glasses.

The idea is to provide something a bit more stealthy than lifting your wrist up to check your smartwatch.

One of the biggest hurdles Google faced with Google Glass (and, similarly, Snap faced with Spectacles) was that the glasses looked like something from a sci-fi movie. Instead, Vaunt, as the smartglasses are so named, are much like any other prescription glasses now in vogue.

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Later this year, developers will be invited to an early access program to start working with the Vaunt directly. "Everything from the ground up is created to make the technology disappear", Itai Vonshak, head of products for Intel's New Devices Group told The Verge. More than that, while tech heads and early adopters love the idea of AR-VR markets for fashion and retail tech, in particular, the main problem remains convincing people to wear AR glasses. "It means something about their personality". Notifications will then pop up around 15 degrees below your relaxed line of sight. It's a far and welcome step away from Google's look-at-me approach.

Over the years we've seen quite a few attempts to bring augmented reality to consumers in a way that makes sense. The problem with smart devices is we often have to do not forget to charge them at the end of the day.

Revealed by The Verge, Vaunt is a pair of glasses that offers basic, contextual information to one eye without a bulky and unsightly piece of additional hardware fitted to them.

Unlike the Google glass, Intel's Vaunt is non-intrusive, so a simple glance forward and the graphics display is not blocking the user's vision. If Brian Krzanich is right or not it remains to be seen.

"They come in several styles, work with prescriptions, and can be worn comfortably all day", he added. There also are no other mechanisms such as a vibrator or a beep sound to make the user aware of incoming notifications.

How has nobody thought to put smarts in normal-looking glasses before? Is this the way they should be done? From up close, you can tell they're not the dumb glasses you expected.


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