Intel’s new smart glasses look normal. Intel made a pair of experimental smart glasses as an attempt to jump into the smart glasses space.
The new smart spectacles, called Vault, are the Bluetooth-enabled augmented-reality prototype. The smart glasses are attractive and non-geeky and can be worn comfortably all day. They are compatible with both iOS and Android and look positively normal.
Intel is not the first to introduce the smart spectacles, in 2012 Google released the smart glasses called “Google Glass” which were not quite ready for primetime. Google then moved towards corporate customers for use in workplaces like factories.
Unlike Google Glass, Intel’s new smart glasses look normal as there is no camera, no microphone, no button to push, no glowing LCD screen, no speaker, and no weird arm floating in front of the lens.
The Vaunt prototype uses a low-power laser for projecting a red image onto a “holographic reflector,” and vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser.
In addition to the laser technology, the Vaunt prototype will include an app processor built into the device. There is no vibration or noise for notification.
”We wanted to make sure somebody puts this on and gets value without any of the negative impact of technology on their head,” he says. “Everything from the ground up is designed to make the technology disappear,” says Itai Vonshak, head of products for Intel’s New Devices Group (NDG).
Intel says it plans to launch an “early access program” for developers to start testing new possibilities and new apps. It will allow developers to build apps and imagine use cases for the new platform.