Intel's Vaunt smart glasses to launch later this year

Isaac Cain
February 7, 2018

The headset takes commands over Bluetooth from a paired smartphone to display information like notifications and navigation updates.

The glasses are almost indistinguishable from any regular glasses.

Members of Intel's Vaunt team say the wearable offers potential benefits in a wide range of use cases: comparing Yelp reviews when trying to decide between two adjacent restaurants, reading shopping lists while in the store, following recipes while baking, and getting walking directions to your destination after parking your vehicle. The low-powered laser is set to release a red monochrome image into user's eye at a pixel rate of 400 x 150. That image is sent to the back of the eyeball, directly to the retina.

Intel Vaunt goes with the same simplicity, but looks to carry the same usefulness as the Google Glass. The laser image is projected directly on the retina, and Intel told Bohn that the resulting display should always be in focus and work with or without corrective lenses.

The company is also reportedly considering adding a microphone and making Vaunt compatible with Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa for voice control. As such, it can be said that the Intel Vaunt is somewhere in the middle of the two smart glasses, balancing functionality and simplicity for what may be the first attempt at technology with long-term success.

Intel Vaunt weigh less than 50 grams and pretty much everything needed to make it functional is placed in the stems
Intel Vaunt weigh less than 50 grams and pretty much everything needed to make it functional is placed in the stems

While you may not stick out in a crowd wearing Vaunt, you're not going to overwhelm anyone with its power, either. The Vaunt prototypes don't include an external camera, which helps to eliminate the "creeper" factor that prompted many to shun Google Glass. However, each glass has to be calibrated for each user prior to use. Unlike Glass and Spectacles, Vaunt gives you a very simple, minimal heads-up display that only gives you context-essential information.

Augmented reality devices like Vaunt have been used in settings such as manufacturing, logistics and healthcare, Hanich noted. So much so that many users who would wear them in public have earned the moniker "glassholes".

Further, the motion sensors in the glass can detect the location of the user in the house. "With the glasses on you can ask 'Siri, I need a fast recipe for pancakes, ' and a second later, you have it on your retina", says Vonshak. "If it's priced similar to a premium smart watch, then there'll be some potential there". Mind you, the Vault has not yet reached its final stage, it is still in its developing phase but close to the final product.

The hardware packed inside the smart glasses has been completely custom-designed by Intel.

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