Intel’s New Devices Group (NDG) has developed a pair of experimental smartglasses called Vaunt.
According to The Verge, which received a demo, Vaunt has plastic frame and weighs less than 50 grams.
The augmented reality glasses project information directly onto the user’s retina, doing away with the need for an external display.
From the outside, the Vaunt glasses look like regular eyeglasses. But when you wear them, you see a stream of information on what looks like a screen — but it’s actually being projected onto your retina, The Verge noted.
“We wanted to make sure somebody puts this on and gets value without any of the negative impact of technology on their head,” the report quoted Itai Vonshak, head of products for NDG, as saying.
“Everything from the ground up is designed to make the technology disappear.”
All of the electronics in Vaunt sit inside two little modules built into the stems of the eyeglasses. There is no camera, microphone or other display mounted to the frame.
At its core, Vaunt is simply a system for displaying a small heads-up style display in your peripheral vision. It can show you simple messages like directions or notifications, the report noted.
It works over Bluetooth with either an Android phone or an iPhone, taking commands from an app that runs in the background to control it.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Feb 7
Translation by Jonathan Chong with additional reporting
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