Intel has recently launched a new thing. It has come up with an impressively light, regular looking set of glasses which has been termed as Vaunt. Further rumor has also stated that these pair of glasses have plastic frames and weighs 50 grams and this might be a bit more than regular eyeglasses but much less than Google Glass. To be more precise, these pair of glasses, are crammed into the stems and control a very low-powered, class one laser that shines a red, monochrome 400 x 150-pixel image to the eye. Critically speaking, these glasses contain no camera, eliminating the “big brother” vibe from Glass and other smart glasses.
Intel has regarded these pair of glasses to be more secretive than any other regular smartwatches, allowing the user to check notifications while involving in other activities. The inbuilt motion sensors also help to decipher whether the user is in the kitchen and for instance provides recipes or a shopping list.
Here, Intel adds that users might also be a bit perturbed about having a laser beamed into the eyeball, to which Intel New Devices Group’s Mark Eastwood replied that, “it is so low-power that it’s at the very bottom end of a class one laser”. With this, the display is also not visible, unless users would look at this, making it unpretentious for wearers. At this time, when it beamed onto the back of the user’s retina, it’s always in focus, irrespective of whether they have a prescription or non-prescription lenses.
When it comes to giving commands, users might be able to control it using head nods or other, more subtle gestures.
Right now, Intel has not specified anything regarding the selling off parts or the whole of Vaunt once the entire thing gets developed. However, it has said that it’s not likely to take the product to market itself but instead would rely on OEMs, much like it does with PCs and other hardware.
Coming back to the apps, Intel clarified that Vaunt would be quite a wide-open platform. It’s all geared up for the launch of an early access program and SDK so that developers can discover for themselves what they can do with it. Programs would generally run on a mobile device, but some apps or specific features might be powered by the glasses themselves.
Right now, it needs to be remembered that the product is still in its early development stages and have all the potentialities in moving to different to directions. Here, it also needs to be remembered that Intel has tried a lot of experiments lately, especially in wearables, that didn’t go anywhere. Still, the concept of stealthy, hands-free notifications from a product that many folks already wear does have merit, so it would be definitely interesting to perceive where it goes.