In the world of augmented reality taking over, the Intel’s smart glasses prototype Vaunt and Mirror workout for the home environment have been considered as substantial achievements. The first has failed to see the light of the day for the broader public; the other has proven as having much more success on the market. Let’s come to know their main features!
Vaunt Smart Glasses by Intel
The Vaunt, the new smart glasses developed from Intel’s New Devices Group, came out with a prototype in 2018, which picked up acclaim after the first testings by connoisseurs. There were a lot of reasons for the praising.
Compared to the Google Glasses, the Intel’s are much lighter to wear and have a balanced feel to it. No additional parts are disturbing the usual shape of elegant reading glasses; there is almost no need for the user to make awkward gestures in order to navigate through the features and activate them.
Well, there is one movement, one might find odd, that is looking slightly to the side. At moments, it may seem unmotivated to the observer or a partner engaging in a conversation the user of this piece of wearable high technology. Some of the analysts have jokingly remarked about the opportunity one has with this new discreet smart glasses to gently and seamlessly avoid paying attention to contents of conversations or other duties that demand their presence, but they find it uninspiring.
The only quality that has raised suspicions about this new smart glasses is the most innovative one.
The display is activated by looking slightly down, so it poses no distraction to the user. It reads text on the right, below the line of vision. There is no camera, but on the inside of the right temple, there is a laser. The full designation of the feature is VCSEL (Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting laser). It is a very low-power laser. A small red projector emits an image on a holographic mirror that re-emits it onto the user’s retina. The projection may feel disturbing for users concerned about the safety of the novelty. Especially uneasy, it may be for people with common conditions, such as nearsightedness when they see the display head-on without any interference as if the projected content is actually a mental image of theirs.
That is the reason they needed to be fitted for each user.
The Vaunt is a highly inventive device in terms of required placement of several hardware features in a comprised space within the frame of standard glasses for adults. They were made to be compatible with Android and iOS users.
Since the Google Glasses have been setting a challenge to look as less noticeable as possible, resembling the ordinary glasses in each way possible, the name Vaunt chosen by Intel should have evoked that experience of the same tour de force.
They need to be more accessible to the user base, more within reach, for they haven’t been met with the lack of interest.
The close-down of the New Devices Group by Intel’s management, calls for questions. To some, the first one might be: why do we need smart glasses, what can they provide us with that is not already at disposal with less expensive and less intrusive devices, like smartwatches? The use cases that is the answer that was coming from Intel. As with any new invention, no one can predict what area it can open and inspire for further innovation. If the Vaunt remains just a prototype, without ever reaching every-day users, we strongly believe that the efforts and accomplishments that led to its assembling will never lose its right to proper acknowledgement. After all, it is one of the most common developments in the history of any new invention.
Mirror for Home Workout
To work out in your home, with a trainer and even gym buddies, and fully accustomed monitoring program to your personal needs, skills and abilities. This is what the company developing Mirror has tried to accomplish with their device when putting it out there for all the potential users.
In a busy schedule to find peace to pace yourself, is quite a challenge today. In the company, they must be very well aware of that, judging by the effort to invest in modifying parameters and creating a unique experience for every individual user. During any time, the products serve as an ordinary bedroom mirror. When activated, it turns into a virtual gym!
Two years ago, still a start-up, the Mirror reached the news when the investors found a reason to endow it with $13 million. Now it is yours for $1495, and the additional subscription that allows you unlimited access to live classes or other classes of your choice. There is a wide variety of workouts and routines on offer, from yoga and pilates to cardio, boxing and boot camp.
It has been proven many times that most people achieve better results in the gym if they manage to find the right workout partner. There have been projects striving to recreate the experience of exercising in a group in the home environment. For example, people enjoying cycling (Peleton, or Fly at Home program from FlyWheel). The Mirror comes with a lesser price, and it seems that it provides no lower opportunity for enjoyment of fitness lovers.