What if a smart glass looks like a normal eye-wear everyone wears? What if they don’t make those who wear it, seem like a bad cliché of wearable users or like a cyborg.
Like Google glass did five years ago, Intel is on its way towards launching an “early access program” for its smart glass, Vaunt, for developers later this year but with a goal which is totally different from that of Google. When others are trying to convince to change people’s lives for a head-worn display, Intel is trying to change the head-worn display to fit other’s lives!
Intel offers a different interpretation, with its Vaunt glasses, on how our relationship with smart-eye technology could be. Vaunt glasses have a more subtle approach instead of taking pictures or talking back to wearers. A small rectangle of text and icons sits in the wearer’s peripheral vision. The aim is for notifications to be there when they’re needed, and not to distract users in the meantime.
The Vaunt glasses also include Bluetooth, an accelerometer, and a compass. The principal idea is to provide few vital applications with enough information to be useful, but not so much that people feel their privacy is being invaded, or that wearers spend all of their time scrolling through social media feeds on their faces.
Notifications can be ruled away with a shake of the head, for instance. Intel has said that the future models may come with a microphone, allowing Vaunt glasses to work with intelligent assistants from Google, Amazon, Apple, and the like.
With vaunt, Intel is heading in an interesting direction. At its core, this appears to be a product designed with its own limitations in mind. Smart glasses promise convenience beyond connected watches and smartphones.
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