A giant Silicon Valley company decides you might like to wear a computer on your head - so you can see helpful digital information floating right in front of your eyes.
A report last week said that Intel is looking to sell its augmented reality (AR) smart glasses as soon as this year, but the company is still shopping for partners for the project. There is a small red light that will sometimes be seen on the right lens, but people will likely not know that the wearer has smart glasses on, unlike with the Google Glass. The smart glasses look clean, without any camera on it. Intel is now working on its first-party companion app, but the indication seems to be that most apps will probably run on connected smart devices, not to your glasses directly. There is no camera to scare people out, no glowing LCD screen, no button to push, no gesture zone to swipe, no speaker, and no microphone, at least for now. For example, the way the glasses work requires a user to be specially fitted for their pair, making general public adoption a pretty hefty task.
The display is shown through a "Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser", which is "so low-power, it's at the very bottom end of a class-one laser", according to New Devices Group's industrial design director Mark Eastwood.
In comparison, the Intel Vaunt prototype felt just like normal glasses, and can even come in various styles and will work with prescription lenses. The Verge reported they feel "virtually indistinguishable" from a regular pair of glasses. But when I wasn't glancing down in that direction, the display wasn't there. On the inside of the glasses' stem is where the magic happens. But NDG claims their AI will be able to send users all sorts of "ambient, contextual information" based on their position and directional gaze without the user having to actually ask for it. The project is still in its early stages of development so there is still more to hope and see in the development of the product.
The holographic reading will reflect the image display directly into your eye using retinal projection.