Intel brings stylish smart glasses into the mix
Intel has developed smart glasses that are designed to look normal
Intel has developed a pair of prototype smart glasses which are packed with intelligent features but also have a stylish design.
Intel's desire to dabble in smart eyewear first came to light this month when a report was published revealing that the company was looking for investors to invest in its augmented-reality (AR) unit. Now The Verge has reported that the smart glasses are a reality and are called Vaunt.
Intel wanted to create a pair of glasses that looked like an average pair glasses: "If it's weird, if you look geeky, if you're tapping and fiddling-then we've lost," Itai Vonshak, head of products at Intel's New Devices Group, told The Verge.
The lens displays simple basic information into the right eye which uses a red monochrome projector that shines an image on a ‘holographic mirror, reflecting the image on to the eye. However, the image will only be seen when the user looks down at the frame but as soon as the user looks up it will disappear.
The laser itself is safe for the human eye as it relies on a vertical-cavity surface emitting laser, which is a low-power laser.
Unlike other smart glasses, the Vaunt is quite simple and does not include a camera, microphone, and speaker and does not rely on hand gestures. The Verge's Dieter Bohn said: "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."
Intel is also developing other Vaunt prototypes and developers will shortly be able to use the smart glasses via Intel's early access program where they will create use cases for them through apps. Additionally, the Vaunt will be accessible on both Android and iOS.