Intel's Vaunt smart glasses ditch the futuristic design of their predecessors for something simple and unobtrusive. The smart glasses are built using lightweight plastic frames, weighing just under 50 grams and come equipped with a low-powered laser that projects information into the user's eye. The simple glasses drastically differ from conventional smart glasses and hope to revive the concept with basic features that augment smartphones instead of completely replacing them.
The Intel smart glasses work by projecting a monochrome 400 x 150 pixel image into the user's eye thanks to a low-powered laser. While some may be worried about a laser being projected into the eye, Intel's New Device's Group Mark Eastwood has assured that the laser is incredibly low in power and generally unobtrusive. The Vaunt smart glasses lack a camera and will only allow for the display of smartphone notifications. Future models may contain a microphone that works with voice assistants, but Intel has kept fairly quiet about the product so far.
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The Vaunt Smart Glasses Focus on Smartphones and Notifications
1. Notification-enabled Technology - Companies can look into developing products and services that interface with smartphones and their notifications, augmenting the existing user experience.
2. Minimalist Wearable Technology - Creating technology that is easy to wear, comfortable and non-obtrusive is an area for innovation, and will allow for more ubiquitous adoption of wearable tech.
3. Eye-projected Displays - Developing display technology that projects information directly into the wearer’s field of vision has many potential applications in fields such as medicine, sports and entertainment.
1. Tech Hardware - Tech companies can create new or improve existing hardware products for notification-enabled displays that can be worn in various contexts and settings.
2. Healthcare - Doctors and healthcare providers can use eye-projected displays to better view and analyze patient data in real time, and create more seamless experiences for patients.
3. Sports - Eye-projected displays can create a more immersive experience for athletes, allowing them to view performance metrics directly within their field of vision, leading to better performance and training.