Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"Intel Plans to Shut Down Smart Glasses Group"

Today: "Intel’s long-failing foray into wearables and augmented reality is officially dead."

February:

Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball

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The prototypes I wore in December also felt virtually indistinguishable from regular glasses. They come in several styles, work with prescriptions, and can be worn comfortably all day. Apart from a tiny red glimmer that’s occasionally visible on the right lens, people around you might not even know you’re wearing smart glasses.

Like Google Glass did five years ago, Vaunt will launch an “early access program” for developers later this year. But Intel’s goals are different than Google’s. Instead of trying to convince us we could change our lives for a head-worn display, Intel is trying to change the head-worn display to fit our lives.

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So, yeah: lasers in your eye. Don’t worry, though, says Eastwood. “It is a class one laser. It’s such low power that we don’t [need it certified],”