AR Goggles Vaunt presented by Intel

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AR Goggles Vaunt of Intel. The chip manufacturer has presented a first augmented reality glasses. The product aloud in the name of Vaunt and looks amazingly ordinary. A monochrome laser projector ensures that an image is captured on the eye. A camera does not exist.

So fast rumors become products. Recently, we first mentioned Intel’s plans It’s unclear, however, whether Intel actually wants to sell some of the company that makes the AR goggles to investors.

While there are many people on Google Glass Fear of total surveillance did not work for Intel’s Vaunt, because the product does not have an integrated camera.

Red laser banishes image Eye

A tiny laser projector is embedded in the frame of the glasses. He throws pictures with a resolution of 400 x 150 pixels on one eye. But not directly. On a small area in the lower segment of a glass, the image is then reflected. The system works a bit like progressive lenses. The “display” is not in the visible area, but below. If you look straight ahead, you will not disturb the clues. You must actively look a little below.

Always in focus and without dangers

Since the image is projected onto the retina via a projector, it is always in focus. So it does not matter if someone is short-sighted or far-sighted and what kind of dioptrin is in the glasses.

Mark Easterwood of Intel said relativly to The Verge that the laser could damage his eyes. It is a very low frequency laser at the lower end of what is termed a “Class 1” laser.

Without being noticed

Above the glasses, the user is mainly shown notifications. But this in a way that is even less noticeable than, for example, when looking at the smartwatch.

A demo shows how the wearer on the smartphone chats with a person and at the same time on the eye the date of birth of the chat partner

Vaunt is a lightweight

For wearers of frameless eyewear, Vaunt may be a disappointment. Because the glasses have very well on a frame. But that is far less clunky than you might fear. Only elsewhere can the technology currently not be incorporated.

In addition, the Vaunt weighs less than 50 grams and thus only slightly more than conventional spectacles; Google’s Glass weighed more (54 grams).

Early Access

Developers should soon get the chance to order models of the glasses, including an SDK, to develop apps. The smart Vaunt glasses support the connection to iOS and Android smartphones. Intel itself wants to develop (in addition to) the SDK also an artificial intelligence

In any case, the product is probably not yet ready for the mass market. Because without app support will probably show little interest buyers. Accordingly, there is neither information on price nor availability.

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