Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Feb 2018 01:10 UTC
Intel

The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.

There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no weird arm floating in front of the lens, no speaker, and no microphone (for now).

From the outside, the Vaunt glasses look just like eyeglasses. When you’re wearing them, you see a stream of information on what looks like a screen - but it’s actually being projected onto your retina.

This looks amazing. I'm not entirely sure if I, personally, have any use for this, but such basic, simple, handsfree information could be invaluable to, for instance, construction workers, farmers, police officers, or other people who do hard, dangerous work with their hands.

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by ahferroin7 on Wed 7th Feb 2018 13:24 UTC
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The funny thing is that the 'smart' branding doesn't exactly fit. They're a highly specialized display system, but there's no AI, no special functionality beyond the display, and to be honest not really all that much processing involved beyond the simple flattening to monochrome and planar distortion of the image to get it to look right (both of which are also done by regular displays). It's like calling a TV a 'smart TV' just because it's a rear-projection DLP system (which is essentially the equivalent of what these are doing based on how they're described).

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