Edition The Verge has received an exclusive opportunity to test new smart glasses from Intel. Before that, it was reported that the company plans to release them in 2018.
The Verge editor Dieter Bohn noted that Vaunt looks like normal glasses. The glasses weigh less than 50 grams and the image is projected onto the retina of the right eye with a resolution of 400 by 150 pixels using a holographic reflector in the lens.
The creators of the device noted that it is safe: glasses are equipped with a low-power laser of the first class, which does not even need to be certified.
Since the image is projected directly onto the retina, it is always in the focus of the eye and works with any lenses. The work of glasses is not affected by hyperopia or nearsightedness.
To glasses worked normally, before using them it is necessary to measure the pupils of the eyes. This is a standard procedure, as with buying ordinary glasses. It is necessary to place the screen in the field of view of the user and in a convenient place. According to Bon, when he looked away from the screen, he did not see it, and this experience “differs from interacting with any other screens.”
The journalist noted that although Vaunt does not have a vibration motor or speaker, it did not miss the notifications, because the movement on the screen is well marked by lateral (peripheral) vision. Intel developers told The Verge that they intentionally created a screen that will not “bother”.
Bon said that he was accustomed to the screen in just an hour and could calmly talk and at the same time read something on the display of “smart” glasses. However, according to him, this can be one of the problems of the device, since in the case of a smartphone or “smart” clock, you can always notice that the interlocutor was distracted. In the case of the Vaunt glasses, apart from a barely perceptible flicker in the corner of the lens, nothing hints at the use of glasses.
Points will be connected to smartphones via Bluetooth and will get their own set of applications. Which, it is not yet known.
First, Vaunt wants to distribute under the “early access” program for developers. It remains unknown when the device becomes available to all comers.
In 2014, Google tried to launch a similar product – Google Glass smart glasses with a display, camera, microphone and augmented reality. In January 2015, the company stopped selling devices and announced a “reset” of the project.