Despite the failure of Google Glass, companies such as Intel are still not giving up when it comes to experimenting with wearable technology.
Rather than any attention-grabbing initiative like Google’s, Intel’s solution is possibly the most mainstream take on the technology yet, and could be the tipping point for future solutions which puts people before the technology.
Called Vaunt, Intel’s AR glasses were revealed in a feature covered by The Verge and look like any other prescription glasses. This means that unlike Google Glass, they don’t attract unwanted attention.
They are developed by Intel’s New Devices Group (NDG), with the goal of incorporating many more designs and prescriptions in the future.
How it Works
Relying on simplicity, the glasses don’t come with a sophisticated solution such as an LCD or cameras. Instead, a simple laser mechanism is used, which bounces a harmless light to your retinas after projecting it on the glasses.
The outcome is an unobtrusive 400 x 150 image, which others won’t be able to read, and more-importantly, you won’t be able to see if you don’t want to. Rather than integrating buttons or strips like the Glass, notifications are handled and dismissed via the subtle movement of the head.
Powered by Bluetooth
There are no vibrations or jingles to alert you of notifications either. The mechanism which powers the Vaunt sits on the side of the glasses, with the aim of reducing weight as much as possible. Connecting the Vaunt is Bluetooth Low Energy, which reduces its reliance on battery and provides further optimization.
The content sits at approximately 15-degrees below the normal line of sight, to prevent distracting you. As a result of such a barebones technology, the battery life lasts up to 18 hours.
Pricing details are not known, as Intel still hasn’t figured out the commercial viability of the glasses.
Not Coming Soon
That’s because Intel will likely not take Vaunt to the market itself, instead relying on hardware partners to do that, as they did with the development process. Still, while its previous wearables ventures haven’t been successful, with the Vaunt Intel may have the winner it needs.