Intel flaunts their Vaunt and its fricking laser beams

07 February, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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The Intel Vaunt is not going directly out to the public yet.

Intel has developed a prototype set of smart glasses called Vaunt.

Google's Glass augmented reality eyewear could charitably be remembered as divisive back when it had consumer ambitions.

When is it out? The ASIC chip, and software are all custom designed by Intel's New Devices Group - they've even thrown in some artificial intelligence, too.

The Vault has a long way to go before this happens though. The product is likely to be in the market by the end of the year. Intel are so-far keen to keep Vaunt's uses to a minimum, and as such, keeping it unobtrusive. Snap Spectacles only cost $130 / £105 / AU$170, while the Google Glass SDK was priced at $1,500 (£1,000 / about AU$1,956). With these glasses, we're working with key ecosystem hardware providers - whether they're frames or lenses and things like that. Looking at Intel's Vaunt, there is no way that people will get a similar stigma against the wearable device.

Cool, that is but pricing or availability is anybody's guess at the moment. There isn't anything overly obvious about them, but they are also built to do a very simple task, focusing on just notifications for the time being. With Vaunt, the interface is almost invisible to everyone except the wearer.

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Intel Vaunt uses a very low-powered laser to project a monochrome image of around 400 x 150 pixels. However, "a lot of those applications are being driven by more powerful devices - such as Google Glass and Microsoft's HoloLens - that have the ability to see what's directly in front of the user".

The glasses do need to be fitted to your eyes, however, so there's enough distance between your eyes and the lens to see what's displayed. The tech giant has unveiled its own lightweight Google Glass counterpart.

Right now, Intel is keeping the Vaunt's potential features strictly hypothetical. For now, users can use their head to interact with the glasses.

A baker could ask Alexa to pull up a cookie recipe. Or, a pedestrian could stare at a restaurant and, based on their GPS position and direction they're facing, receive a Yelp pop-up with reviews - without any vocal or touch commands. Because of Vaunt's direct-to-retina projection, outside observers shouldn't be able to tell the glasses apart from regular vision-correctors without careful examination. And Intel has hinted that final models could have built-in mics to communicate with voice assistants.

Weight: 33 Grams or 1.2 Ounces 18 hours of battery life Bluetooth Support for iPhone and Andriod devices Custom Intel processor Early access later this year in 2018 Pricing is not now available.

Intel have opened the door on their first smart glass venture.


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