Less Is More For Intel Vaunt Smart Glasses

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Intel may have finally cracked the case of the impractical smart glasses.The new Vaunt prototype forgos the clunky camera, LCD screen, speaker, and gesture controls of its predecessors.Instead, it features a traditional, unassuming exterior hiding state-of-the-art innards—including a low-powered laser.AdChoices广告As reported by The Verge’s Dieter Bohn, who tested a pair of Vaunt smart glasses in December, the device looks and feels “indistinguishable” from regular specs.“Apart from a tiny red glimmer that’s occasionally visible on the right lens, people around you might not even know you’re wearing smart glasses,” he wrote on Monday.Dieter Bohn got his hands on a prototype version in December (via The Verge)The Vaunt—a pair of thick-rimmed cheaters you’d see on any modern city sidewalk—won’t make you look like a Glasshole, Bohn ensured. All electronics (including batteries) are built into the stems near the face of the frames, “so that [the glasses] can flex a little.”Carrying on with the minimalist theme, the system acts as a heads-up display to highlight only the most important messages, directions, and other notifications in your peripheral vision.It works by using a very low-powered laser to shine a red, monochrome image into a holographic reflector on the right lens. The image, according to Bohn, is reflected onto the back of your eyeball, directly onto the retina. Which helps to ensure content remains in focus—whether you’re wearing prescription or non-prescription lenses.All electronics are housed inside the glasses stems (via The Verge)“The unit I saw was simply running through a demo loop of potential notifications and information you might see: walking directions, an incoming call,” the reporter said, comparing the software to a T. rex in Jurassic Park. “There aren’t any beeps or vibrations when the display switches or a notification comes in, but you do notice when it happens because the movement is noticeable in your peripheral vision.”Intel is targeting at least 18 hours of battery life, and plans to launch an “early access program” this year for developers to begin experimenting with Vaunt.No further details—including a general release date or pricing—were revealed.“Every gadget these days has more, more more,” Bohn said. “With Vaunt, Intel is betting on less.”center_img Sony Patents Prescription VR GlassesGeek Pick: Gunnar Haus Computer Glasses Are High-Tech Eye Safety last_img

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