Intel’s First-Ever Smart Glasses: The Vaunt

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With the dominating era of smart glasses and VR sets, it is evident that augmented reality will be the next thing ruling the 21st century. First in this field was Google starting with their mainstream smart glasses, ‘Google Glass’ in 2013. Later the game continued with Magic Leap goggles and Microsoft HoloLens until now Intel launched its own version of smart glasses called Vaunt. Based entirely on augmented reality, Vaunt may be the right solution you’re looking for.

What is it?

So basically, as described before, Vaunt are a pair of smart glasses introduced by Intel which solely feature on voice controls, Artificial Intelligence and lasers to smartly detect things to make the usage totally hands-free.
Intel is set to release the product very soon this year but there isn’t any official date announced yet. The company plans to target the sales channels and industries rather than selling it directly to customers.

Intel Vaunt Price

The pricing details also haven’t been revealed yet but to give you an idea, the Google Glass costed around $1500 while the Snap Spectacles ranged between $130-$135. Now, Vaunt’s pricing will also depend on its interior design and laser costs along with the built-in cameras.

Behind the Lens

Vaunt uses a low-intensity laser that reflects the tiny screen directly into your right eye’s retina. Because of this, the interface is only visible to the person wearing the glasses and so the people around you will have no idea what you’re looking at.

This laser, called the VCSEL is the same as the one used in iPhone X to scan the face for the face unlock feature. Besides, it is too weak to cause any retinal damage. The laser reflects off a 400 x 150-pixel image to the right eye lens on the retina.

The vaunt can easily be connected to both iOS and Android to receive notifications, just like you do in a smartwatch. Here, the wearer can quickly glance for any texts or news at the corner of their right eye, without having the need to pull out your phone or even carry it everywhere.

Lastly, a plastic frame surrounds the laser on the right side while a Bluetooth, processor and other tech buttons mount the left. The overall frame weighs 50 grams, a little heavier than a regular one.

Intel Vaunt Features

The features are surely one to watch out for. Intel right now hasn’t spilled a lot yet but we know that the AI and AR combination will have many surprises worth waiting. Vaunt’s AI will be able to track head movements and respond to vocal commands. The frame will have a set of mics that will let people communicate with the voice assistant Alexa.

For instance, you could be outside a roadside restaurant and based on their GPS location, receive their food reviews and recommendations without even using your phone.

The intelligence level is suspected to be highly efficient. According to the Intel Design group, the AI of Vaunt will be able to assist users with all sorts of information prior to their position and directional gaze without them having to ask for it. The success of this feature will surely bring waves to the technology industry. The company aims to eliminate the use of hand power. In such a situation, these smart glasses could also be a perfect support for the physically impaired.

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