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Will New Smart Glasses Prevent People from Being Glassholes?

Escrito por Marjorie DeHey el 20/02/2018 a las 12:59:34

(Co-founder of MediaMojos)

Marjorie De Hey

Intel recently launched some pretty cool Smart Glasses that have the tech industry wondering if Smart Glasses will officially become main-stream.  Smart Glasses received bad PR when Google Glass initially launched, as people were perceived to be wearing them to “spy” on other people in crowded places and, overall, wearers were thought not to be respectful of other peoples’ privacy rights, thus, the term “Glasshole” was born.  The slang term referred to anyone who used Smart Glasses to be “rude or creepy.”  However, rather than being used for such things as video capture, Intel plans on users utilizing their Smart Glasses as an information source where, using a unique display technology, information is   reflected  onto the user’s retina using a monochromatic laser display!  (totally Sci-Fi).


Intel took some lessons from the Google Glass PR nightmare and removed the camera, speaker and microphone from what they call the “Vaunt.”  What they did add was the ability for users to actually use them as eyeglasses – there are several styles, they can work with prescriptions, they can be worn all day and are virtually indistinguishable from regular glasses (there’s only a tiny red glimmer occasionally visible on the right lens that might offer a hint that all may not be as it seems).  Vaunt aims to be daily wear glasses that allow useful information to be transmitted to the users via its virtual screen with a behavioral Artificial Intelligence system that helps figure out what data the user really wants.  While these AR Smart Glasses are intended for immersive augmented reality game play, they are a big step towards truly useful daily-wear Smart Glasses.



(Images courtesy of Intel Vault, Magic Leap and HoloLens websites)


For those looking for choices in immersive augmented reality Smart Glasses, there are a number of both established and emerging companies that have technology that project realistic 3D models into the real world.  Two such companies, Magic Leap and Microsoft, offer promising products that can create “a whole new world” for users.  The Magic Leap One cyber “goggles” were released at the end of 2017 with promises that a SDK will be available this year.  A couple of cool features that these goggles will feature are multiple input modes – voice, eye tracking and gesture – and creation of “persistent” objects in the users’ environment (i.e. “place a virtual TV on the wall over your fireplace and when you return later, the TV will be right where you left it,” according to Magic Leap’s website).  Responding to queries about the much spoken of delayed release of some of their other product, the company is adamant that consumers will be able to purchase these high-tech goggles in 2018


Microsoft’s HoloLens is touted as the “first self-contained, holographic computer” which enables users to interact with holograms.  While the HoloLens is still only available as a developer kit (at $3,000 USD a pop) it has technology that promises to truly mix the real world with the virtual world as users “could transform [their] coffee table into a Minecraft demo, or [their] bedroom into the surface of Mars.”  HoloLens really gives users a glimpse of what the future of Smart Glasses will be.


We hope our article caught your eye (pun intended).It is very early days yet for this technology, but we’d love to hear your thoughts about the potential of Smart Glasses – are they a must have for you “now,” or will you wait for “better” technology?