March 19, 2018

Intel’s Smart Glasses that Look Normal

Intel Smart GlassesToday, we see new technology almost every day. A technology that has been making waves recently is smart glasses—wearable spectacles that add information to or alongside what the wearer sees. A company that has taken upon itself to make smart glasses a commonplace is Intel—the American multinational tech company headquartered in the Silicon Valley. Here is more on Intel’s smart glasses that look normal!

Almost a month ago, Intel—the American multinational tech company, launched Vaunt—smart glasses enabled by augmented reality (AR) technology. Unlike the HoloLens from Microsoft or the Magic Leap from Google, the smart glasses from Intel actually look good. Also, if you don’t want to look like someone going on a mining escapade, then we’d recommend you choose Intel’s smart glasses that look normal over the Magic leap or HoloLens.

The last smart glasses to be introduced in the mainstream were Google Glass—glasses that made headlines for all the wrong reasons including being used to gesture fiercely in front of surprised bystanders or record people without permission.  Unlike the Google Glass, or other glasses in the smart spectacles category, Vaunt does not have features such as motion or touch controls or outward-facing cameras.

To make the company’s smart glasses hands-free, the New Design Group (NDG) of Intel is relying on a combination of lasers, head motions, AI, and voice controls. If you’re wondering about the price, release date and potential features of these AR glasses, then read on to get all your questions answered.

All About the Vaunt

Ever since it was introduced in the mainstream, the Vaunt has been a hot topic of discussion among tech geeks and enthusiasts. While most of them have been asking about its price, release date and potential features, there are some who just want to know what it actually is. If you’re among the latter, the simple answer to your question is that the Vaunt is AR smart glasses manufactured by Intel. Unlike the Google Glass or other smart glasses out there, the Vaunt look normal or like the average spectacles a person would wear to read a book, watch a favorite soap opera or just see how beautiful our world really is. Alright, enough of the dramatics and back to the Vaunt—the smart glasses from Intel without any microphone, camera or odd display attached to the frame.

The Features

A key feature of Intel’s smart glasses is the vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser—a laser low in power used to project a red image onto the rights lens’ ‘holographic reflector’ that isn’t in the normal line of sight. For this reason, people wearing the Vaunt are not required to look continuously at notifications. Reflected back to the retina of the user, the image is supposedly safe and always in focus.

The laser technology of the Vaunt isn’t the only thing worth noticing in the glasses. The smart glasses also boast Bluetooth that can be connected to both, Android and iOS, phones. Other noticeable features of the Vaunt include a built-in app processor, an accelerometer, and a compass. Also, when the glasses receive notifications, they do not vibrate or make any noise. Instead, the notification will appear somewhere near the glasses worn by users. However, this won’t be visible to those around the users of the Vaunt.

If you read the reports pertaining to it, you’d believe the Vaunt to be very basic smart glasses. While this may be true today, it is unlikely to be the case in the future. Just like the Smartphone evolved and progresses over the years, the Vaunt and other similar gadgets are expected to feature new technology and apps in the years to come. In fact, Intel has announced publicly that it will start testing new apps and possibilities for the Vaunt soon.

The Release Date

With so much to look forward to, it’s no surprise that people are curious about the release date of Intel’s smart glasses. However, there has been no announcement from the company about it. While the release date for the Vaunt is not known yet, developers can look forward to an ‘early access program’ that is scheduled to launch sometime later this year.

Intel has been a bit hesitant to announce a date for the release of its smart glasses but according to some news sources, the American tech company is planning to outsource the design and sales of the Vaunt to a company that has bonafide expertise in manufacturing and selling tech products. Since Intel is unlikely to sell the smart glasses directly to consumers, one should not expect the announcement of a release date for Vaunt from it. Instead, we will have to wait for the company to pick a partner for designing and selling the Vaunt and then look forward to an announcement of the release date from the partner.

The Price

Just like the release date for the smart glasses, the price of the Vaunt is not known yet. However, industry experts are predicting that the price will be lower than the price of the smart glasses already available. Right now, Google Glass—the smart glasses from Google, is priced at $1,500 while HoloLens costs around $3,000. So, you can expect the price of the Vaunt to be lower than those.

Vaunt—the smart glasses from Intel, are making headlines for all the right reasons. Intel’s smart glasses look normal, they are anything but. What makes the Vaunt so special? When can I expect to buy it? Will it make me look odd? If you have been asking such questions, then get in touch with us today to have all your queries answered!

by Bobby J Davidson

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