Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses to launch later this year

The prototype of the new smart glasses are out and the features of the glasses are stand apart. The glasses can be differentiated from the regular glasses. They come in different styles and does not have any camera to creep people out.

Vaunt will launch the “early access program” for developers later this year.  A tiny red glimmer keeps appearing on the right lens of the frame but this would not be visible to others easily. Intel has been working on Augmented Reality for quiet a while with an investment of  $350 million on this project.

Vaunt team’s main aim and goal was to create smartglasses that can be worn everyday. The company had code named it as “Superlite” . And the reason to do that was to make the glasses under the weight of 50 grams. The electronics and battery are placed on the side frame so that it does not seem heavy on the nose or the ears.

“When we look at what types of new devices are out there, [we are] really excited about head-worn [products],” says Itai Vonshak, head of products for NDG. “Head-worn products are hard because people assign a lot of attributes to putting something on their head. It means something about their personality.”

The product can show simple messages like directions and notification. The lasers are used to show notifications visually. But it is said that they are not harmful to the eyes.  “It is a class one laser. It’s such low power that we don’t [need it certified],” Vonshak says, “and in the case of [Vaunt], it is so low-power that it’s at the very bottom end of a class one laser.” It works in the same was as smartwatch does. It gets connected over the bluetooth with the Android and iPhone.

“We had to integrate very, very power-efficient light sources, MEMS devices for actually painting an image,” says Jerry Bautista, the lead for the team building wearable devices at Intel’s NDG. “We use a holographic grading embedded into the lens to reflect the correct wavelengths back to your eye. The image is called retinal projection, so the image is actually ‘painted’ into the back of your retina.” The product is likely to be in the market by the end of the year.