At last -- smart glasses that don't look like Borg headgear

Intel's Vaunt smart glasses won't make you look like a glasshole

Intel Vaunt smart glasses

The headset takes commands over Bluetooth from a paired smartphone to display information like notifications and navigation updates. And while the executives in the video do name a few use cases (grocery shopping, choosing between restaurants that are right in front of you), it's clear that the extent of the Vaunt's capabilities will be entirely up to software developers. That laser helps to show a monochrome image somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 x 150 pixels onto a holographic reflector on the glasses' right lens. This means that the display works on prescription glasses as well as on non-prescription lenses. This in turn reflects the image on to the retina of the eyeball. Future models are expected to be equipped with a microphone and access to smart assistants like Alexa or Siri. However, it is hard to say whether this smart glasses will make it to the market or not, as the project is in the early prototype stages of development.

While you may not stick out in a crowd wearing Vaunt, you're not going to overwhelm anyone with its power, either. There's no camera, microphone, or odd display attached to the frame.

Vaunt also doesn't try to be something straight out of a science fiction movie, it only aims at providing the users with simple heads-up notifications.

Augmented reality devices like Vaunt have been used in settings such as manufacturing, logistics and healthcare, Hanich noted.

Further, the motion sensors in the glass can detect the location of the user in the house. Overall the smart glass by Intel looks much better than Google Glasses and does overcome some of the issues that it had but one question still is left unanswered, what exactly is the target audience for such a device and who exactly is willing to spend money to buy glasses that can show information on a part of screen. "If it's priced similar to a premium smart watch, then there'll be some potential there". Developers will be able to start using these smart glasses later this year.

"The device is too simplistic for any visually intensive applications", Abbruzzese said. But the thing about the Vaunt is that you must have them personalized to your eyes.

There are some advantages of not having a camera, however.

Apple has such a brand, and it is rumored to have a pair of AR specs in the works.

Can Intel Succeed in the AR Market?

The Verge was given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the smart glasses, which are a product of Intel's New Devices Group (NDG). Next to the original Google Glass devices, the Vaunt could pass as a standard pair of eyeglasses.

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.

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