Intel launches smart glasses with the Vaunt series

Intel’s Vaunt glasses are simple plastic frames that weigh under 50 grams

Intel’s smart glasses are almost identical to normal glasses, and can work with prescription and non-prescription lenses.

For some years now, companies have tried to push the trend for smart glasses. And this time Intel is launching its Vaunt glasses, which are almost indistinguishable from regular glasses. In fact, Intel’s Vaunt glasses are simple plastic frames that weigh under 50 grams, which work with prescription and non-prescription lenses, and there is no camera equipped.
On the inside of the stems sits a low-powered class one laser, as well as a processor, an accelerometer, a Bluetooth chip and a compass. This laser, which Intel says is “so low-power that it’s at the very bottom end of a class one laser,” emits a red, monochrome image into your eye at 400 x 150 pixels.
The image might let you know it’s someone’s birthday, send notifications from your phone, or the glasses might detect that you’re in the kitchen and send you a recipe. Because the laser is beaming directly into your retina, the image is always in focus.
While future models might be equipped with a microphone and access to smart assistants like Alexa or Siri, the first-gen Vaunt models will be controlled through subtle motion gestures like a nod of the head. Intel wants these glasses to fit into your life as naturally as possible.
While it’s unclear just how the Vaunt glasses will come to market, Intel has said that the OEM route is a more likely strategy than Intel selling them diriectly.
And, relatedly, Intel will be opening up the platform to developers with the launch of an early access program and SDK.
At present, Intel’s Vaunt currently represents the most promising version of ‘smart glasses’ we’ve yet seen. However, this project is in the very early stages of development, so there’s no telling when, or even if, this comes to fruition in a meaningful way.