If you thought that the smartglasses were in the doldrums, then let me clarify that you were wrong. As the giant chip maker, Intel has recently presented Vaunt, the new smart glasses that the American company would like to start commercializing soon. The guys from The Verge have been able to test them exclusively and tell us all the details of the device.
The first thing that stands out from Vaunt is that, unlike the Google Glass and other models, the appearance is very similar to that of a conventional normal glasses. In particular, the frame is made of plastic and weighs less than 50 grams, so they are light and comfortable to wear.
All electronic components are so compact that they can be accommodated without problems in the pins. Among them, we find a low-power, class one laser, a processor, an accelerometer, a Bluetooth chip, a battery and a compass. In contrast to Google Glass, Intel smart glasses are not equipped with a camera or a microphone, so they have fewer features than the Mountain View company.
To show the information to the user, these smart glasses use the low power laser to emit a red and monochromatic image of a size of 400 x 150 pixels in the eye. In practice, it is a screen similar to a Head-Up Display that is projected in the peripheral vision of the person and that shows simple data, such as notifications or phone reminders. According to the manufacturer, this screen should work both indoors and outdoors.
To work, Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses are synchronized with an iPhone or Android smartphone through a Bluetooth connection and can be configured using an app on mobile devices. Its battery lasts 18 hours and can be charged in a conventional socket.
In relation to how the user will interact with these smartglasses, apparently, it is still not defined. The test prototype does not include a microphone, but the following versions are expected to equip it, so voice commands could be used. Another possibility is that they are controlled by gestures of the head thanks to the integrated accelerometer.
At the moment Intel’s Vaunt glasses are in the prototype stage and may still undergo several changes, but what is clear is that the American company is committed to smart glasses. It will be necessary to see if it manages to awaken the interest of the users and gain a place in the market.
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