Exclusive: Intel's new smart glasses hands-on



– What if smart glasses
didn't make you look like a techno cyborg jerk? That's exactly what Intel is making. These smart glasses are called Vaunt and they're completely different
from what you're expecting. What's amazing about these glasses is they look normal and they feel really light on my head. They only weigh about 50 grams. They're designed to do just one thing, show you simple, basic
information in one of your eyes. It has this little red
monochrome projector that shines an image on a
holographic mirror thing which then bounces it
directly into my eyeball so I don't have to focus on it, it's just sort of down there. But the best part is that if you're not looking just
slightly down at the display, it completely disappears so
it's not distracting you. The other thing is, you're
not gonna be tapping and swiping and doing
whatever you might do like you did with Google Glass. There's no camera here, it's meant to be non-intrusive, not annoying in social situations. But, you can do little subtle things like if a notification comes
in and you wanna read it, you can just kinda look
over and it'll slide in or you can dismiss it like that. Vaunt glasses are a prototype project from Intel's new devices group and later this year
developers are gonna be able to start using them. Now, they do need to
be fitted to your eyes' interpupillary distance so
that the display can actually line up to your eyeball. So we went up to Intel's
lab in San Francisco to try them out. – Take a look, tell me what you see. – I, whoa, I see a red, I see an incoming call from
CEO Brian Krzanich, ah! – You gotta take that. – It fits on your face and it's basically, it's a heads up display, it's just displaying some red text here that I'm just seeing right below
my standard line of vision. How on earth is this thing
showing me a heads up display? Because I don't see it on the glasses, in fact, I don't even, oh, right there, I can finally see. This thing is projecting into my eye? – That's right. – How is it? Is it a laser, what's the story there? – It is a VCSEL. – A VCSEL? What is a VCSEL? – Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser. – Is this a safe thing to have? – Absolutely. It's so low power, it's
at the very bottom end of a class one laser. (upbeat music) – We had to integrate
very, very power-efficient light sources, mims devices
for actually painting an image. We use a holographic
grating embedded in the lens to reflect the correct
wavelengths back to your eye. The image is called retinal projection. So the image is actually painted into the back of your retina. If you wear prescription glasses, the prescription is used
for looking at the world but not for the image we send you. You can have terrible vision and still see bright, sharp, clear image that looks like it comes from Infinity. – I know what you're thinking. A thing that shows notifications
in my eyeball all the time is awful and Intel is very aware
that you think that's awful so they're trying to be really smart about the stuff that it shows you. It's trying to only show you really contextually important information. When these things are available to buy, what is it gonna do? Like what sort of things
is it gonna enable? Or is it just gonna be
all my Twitter mentions rolling in my eye all the time? Because that sounds awful. – It's not. As you're walking around
and standing where you are, that restaurant or that restaurant, which one has a better Yelp review? As I'm leaving my car getting instructions to where I was actually going, not where I parked. Simple things like that. You're in the kitchen, you're cooking, you go, "Alexa, I need
that recipe for cookies," and it just appears on your glasses. We are providing a
level of behavioral A.I. to our system that allows us to figure out what to show you when. – Why would I feel like I
need a pair of smart glasses, especially if I could also
get like a smart watch that can also show me
notifications all the time? – When I saw the first smartphone, I didn't go and say, "Wow, ride sharing, that's gonna happen." But the fact is ride sharing would have never happened
without smartphones. We're excited about this
because it enables new use cases for developers to come up with. – To try to figure out what
all those use cases could be, later this year, Intel will
open an early access program so developers can get units
and start making stuff that works with the Vaunt. By the way, it should work
with both Android and iPhones. And throughout this whole process, Intel will continue to
develop its own companion app and A.I. and it will
release more prototypes with different eyeglass styles. But then what happens? Why is Intel making smart eyeglasses? – These are incredibly difficult to make. The electronics in here
are incredibly compact. The A6 that we have included
are of our own design, the apps processor is our own as well. Just, the whole thing is custom in order to fit in this package. – So, you're Intel, you
can do that crazy stuff. But just 'cause you can– – Doesn't mean you should. – So why? – Yes, I think B.K.'s been quoted to say data's the new oil. I think other people say
somewhat similar things. The point is, you have to
consume that data somehow. So not only do we wanna manage the data and help you compute in the data center with Intel servers and
all that other stuff, we also wanna be part of
presenting that data to you in a way that you can consume. So that's why we do it. – Right, so I just wanna be clear, when you say that Intel
thinks of data like oil, this thing isn't about like collecting a whole bunch of
biometrics from you, right? It's about taking all the data, it's all actually part of the story of there's a million pieces of
data that might be useful to me and Intel wants to be
in that flow of the data in a way that it hasn't been before. So here's the bet with Vaunt, you want smart glasses,
maybe you don't, who knows, but you definitely don't
want glasses that are big and ugly and techy and so you
have to get over that hump of are you willing to put
technology on your face. And the magic here is
they've made that hump that you need to get over, do you want tech on your face, totally easy, like this is fine. This is not a thing that
I'm worried about wearing. And once you get past that issue of, is this a thing that I
would be willing to wear, then it's possible that
there could be a whole bunch of emergent ideas that could come. – These will hook you because
of what they provide you because how they can win
over those constraints that other heavier screens can't or they ask you for too much. Arriving at the grocery store, both hands on the cart, eyes scanning the aisles
for the products we need, and we have the shopping
list somewhere, right? But now we have it here. – So those are very big dreams but will the tech actually work? These prototype glasses definitely do. But it's going to be up
to software developers to make them actually useful. And, maybe more importantly, do you remember how smartphones changed how we all talk to each other? What do you think smart
glasses are going to do? Will we accept that the
people we're talking to might be reading Facebook on their glasses when we're just trying to
have a dinner conversation? You can't really tell when
somebody's paying attention to something on a Vaunt, only the person wearing
the glasses can see it. We're a little ways from needing to worry about those social questions, but whether Intel releases
smart glasses first or somebody else beats them to the punch, this technology is definitely coming. – So I'm talking to you right now and you feel like you mean so much to me but I'm actually playing
a trivia game right now. – Great, that's a future I want. – Yeah, you can ignore people
more efficiently that way.

45 Comments

  1. Dieter Bohn said:

    What sort of information would you want to show up on a heads-up display built into your glasses?

    June 29, 2019
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  2. tonyHern865 said:

    it could be a fantastic teleprompter during jobs interview, conferences, teaching and so on.

    June 29, 2019
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  3. Kirigaya Kazuto said:

    "No more phone in exam"

    Me:Oh you sure

    June 29, 2019
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  4. Mr Koala said:

    Where is it? How is it going in 2019?

    June 29, 2019
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  5. I.J. F. said:

    As if we weren’t already totally over-connected to our devices.

    June 29, 2019
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  6. Abraham Satinger said:

    I need these!!!!

    June 29, 2019
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  7. bob445566DE said:

    I guess this works like a rifle sight. However, this would be great to cheat on tests.

    June 29, 2019
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  8. META MUTT said:

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    June 29, 2019
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  9. Ernesto Herrera said:

    I will only buy this to feel like Tony Stark

    June 29, 2019
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  10. Wayne Payne98 said:

    I want to see: cash, bank, wanted level, and health.

    June 29, 2019
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  11. Fernel Curameng said:

    Useful during exams

    June 29, 2019
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  12. Mary-Ellen Wayne said:

    Dieter Bohn (appears in this video at approximately 0:33) reminds me of the Taylor Vaughan character in She's All That (1999). The name of the actress who played the role is Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. I love IMDb.

    June 29, 2019
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  13. Neocuriosity said:

    I saw an ad of a guy milking a Giraffe before thiss video

    June 29, 2019
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  14. Reverend Saltine said:

    Yeah okay. Too much talking.

    June 29, 2019
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  15. Harry Dambrogio said:

    Kingsman is finally here!!!!!!

    June 29, 2019
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  16. Chris Camp said:

    I wonder what language us developers can use to develop for this?

    June 29, 2019
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  17. Corey Burnham said:

    I’d like to see my health status while I’m exercising!

    June 29, 2019
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  18. Corey Burnham said:

    “Now you can ignore people more efficiently that way..” 🤣🤣🤣

    June 29, 2019
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  19. Peter Gašperan said:

    "You won't be tapping, swiping, whatever you might do…"

    Makes a weird nod to the side…

    June 29, 2019
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  20. Zes said:

    no usch thing as amzx or know or not

    June 29, 2019
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  21. USS Spirit said:

    Screw all the smart functions, does it correct astigmatism?

    June 29, 2019
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  22. Nemesis said:

    I would never trust for long term use.

    June 29, 2019
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  23. olin hill said:

    I would be a little nervous about the long term consequences of a laser in the eye. It is cool, but I will wait 5 years.

    June 29, 2019
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  24. Jonas Salk said:

    Advice from AlphaGo during a poker match.

    June 29, 2019
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  25. majd pro said:

    Wait till apple 🍎 make on of that

    June 29, 2019
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  26. Nappy Vids said:

    Awesome! Now we can burn ads into our retinas!

    June 29, 2019
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  27. Md Hossain said:

    How much morrisons rupi

    June 29, 2019
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  28. Geovanni D. said:

    The way he reacted when he asked if it wasn't about gathering biometric data… he was trying real hard to put on a poker face. You know this is going to steal all your metrics… oil.

    June 29, 2019
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  29. Daniel Charlesworth said:

    Next up: smart pants

    June 29, 2019
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  30. Martin Z said:

    Hey the verge did you receive any kind of compensation for this video?

    June 29, 2019
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  31. fib notnow said:

    Wearing one and zoning out gives you that Jake Gyllenhaal vacant, vacuous look, which tells you there's nothing in there. Nada. Zilch.

    June 29, 2019
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  32. butterstix 24 said:

    3 words: Do not trust.

    June 29, 2019
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  33. Xakory House said:

    Google Glass 2: The Glassening

    June 29, 2019
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  34. Fran McGowan said:

    This is the Intel who killed the Recon Jet?

    June 29, 2019
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  35. Jeffrey Clarke said:

    Another bad idea to ruin more lives.

    June 29, 2019
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  36. David Orth said:

    Call him Twitchy

    June 29, 2019
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  37. Mubeena Aris said:

    Where to buy it

    June 29, 2019
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  38. Ray Chambers said:

    This is great!!!
    how do I get on the early access list?

    June 29, 2019
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  39. Saumitra Chakravarty said:

    "You can ignore people more efficiently that way" – the real punchline!

    June 29, 2019
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  40. Stanford Leeham said:

    Various of solid or something data or connection or something could be input the big data

    June 29, 2019
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  41. Robert Freund said:

    And where development came to this day with this?

    June 29, 2019
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  42. Yi Li said:

    This need 5G

    June 29, 2019
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  43. 10,000 subscribers with 1 video said:

    who's buying this just to be like iron man

    June 29, 2019
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  44. Jaz said:

    I literally want them to creat sunglasses to be able to have camera to look where im looking at. For example you got a test or problem you want your froend at home to solve it for you and tell you step by step how to answer it 🤷🏽‍♂️is it hard to create one lol. And it should be secret tho so no school must know it

    June 29, 2019
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  45. André Silveira said:

    too bad… I can think of a few very usefull apps for it, like tell the name of the person you're seeing

    June 29, 2019
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