Things We Love: An Exclusive Look at Intel's New SmartGlasses


Intel just released their latest smart glasses prototype and they’re not just for cyborgs anymore.  Intel’s lightweight and stylish Vaunt glasses use custom Intel technology that will not only change the way people consume data but also the way in which that data is presented.

Here’s the low down:

  • The glasses are fitted to your eyes interpupillary distance so that the display can actually line up to your eyeball. This ensures that the display is non-intrusive and appears in the right spot in your field of vision.

  • It projects a rectangle of red text and icons down in the lower right of your visual field. But if you’re not looking down in that direction, the display isn’t there.

  • Shows simple, basic information in one of your eyes using a red monochrome projector that shines an image on a holographic mirror and bounces the image directly into the eyeball.

  • VCSEL- Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser safely projects images into your eye without displaying on the surface of the glasses.

  • VCSEL uses retinal projection which essentially paints the image onto the back of your retina.

  • Includes Bluetooth to communicate with your iPhone or Android and an app processor that will offload work to your phone, just like a smartwatch or Fitbit does.

  • The current prototype doesn’t have a microphone, but future models may integrate one to use with voice assistants like Alexa.

  • You won’t see a constant stream of Twitter updates. Intel is incorporating a level of AI to determine what information is relevant, so you’ll only see “contextually important information.” Hypothetically: You’re trying to decide between two restaurants across the street from one another so the glasses show you which has better Yelp! reviews. Or ask Alexa for a cookie recipe while you’re in the kitchen, or view your shopping list at the grocery store without having to look at your phone.

  • An “early access program” will launch later this year, so that developers can start experimenting with creating companion apps.

  • A Bloomberg report confirmed in February that Intel is looking for sales partners to bring the Vaunt glasses to retailers, and potentially tap into the market of 2.5 billion people who require corrective lenses.