Intel's Vaunt smartglasses take the next step from Google Glass

While the first generation Google Glasses failed to take off Intel is looking to disrupt the segment with its new Vaunt

You can choose to focus on the information provided by Vaunt or ignore it and go on with your day. They also don't come with a camera that can record people without their knowledge, or with numerous other features that put people off about the Google Glass and similar devices.

Intel provided the first exclusive look at the Vaunt smart glasses to The Verge, which gained access to a prototype of the device in December. Well, it's been pretty tough to fit a miniature display and a decent-size battery into traditional eyewear. Vaunt uses a low-power laser that shines a monochrome 400×150 pixel image into your eye and will mainly be used to deliver simple notifications straight to your retinas. As per the official standards, any Class 1 laser is safe under all conditions of normal use.

KitGuru Says: So far, Intel's take on smart glasses seems to be a lot more attractive than Google's.

Last week, we began hearing whispers that Intel may be launching its own pair of smart glasses at some point this year. There is no camera to scare people out, no glowing LCD screen, no button to push, no gesture zone to swipe, no speaker, and no microphone, at least for now. Instead, users will notice when something appears in that area of their glasses-but notifications won't be very noticeable to others. There is a low-powered class one laser, processor, accelerometer, Bluetooth chip and compass. These glasses weren't the best in terms of looks, but when it comes down to delivering information, that's what they excel at.

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Created to resemble normal eyewear and weighing less than 50 grams, the Vaunt carries none of the "social cost" that has come with other, less unobtrusive wearables, according to Itai Vonshak, head of products at Intel's New Devices Group. This image is projected onto a holographic reflector on the glasses' right lens, which then reflects it directly onto the retina. Also, the display would not be visible unless the user looks at it.

Just as Google did several years ago with Glass, Intel will be kicking off Vaunt with an early access program, though pricing and dates are now unknown. Notably, Intel's smart glasses will get voice assistant integration in the future as it does not have a microphone right now, the company has revealed.

"It mostly allows users to see contextual information such as notifications from phones, map directions, recipes, shopping lists and such", she told TechNewsWorld. Mind you, the Vault has not yet reached its final stage, it is still in its developing phase but close to the final product.

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