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posted by janrinok on Monday February 05 2018, @08:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the eye-see-what-you-did-there dept.

Intel is launching plain-looking smartglasses that beam a monochrome red image directly into your retina using a laser. There are no cameras on the device:

Intel has launched an impressively light, regular-looking set of smart glasses called Vaunt, confirming rumors from Bloomberg and others. Seen by The Verge, they have plastic frames and weigh under 50 grams, a bit more than regular eyeglasses but much less than Google Glass, for example. The electronics are crammed into the stems and control a very low-powered, class one laser that shines a red, monochrome 400 x 150 pixel image into your eye. Critically, the glasses contain no camera, eliminating the "big brother" vibe from Glass and other smart glasses.


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Gaaark on Monday February 05 2018, @09:43PM (12 children)

    by Gaaark (41) on Monday February 05 2018, @09:43PM (#633465) Journal

    "As it's beamed onto the back of your retina, it's always in focus, regardless of whether you have prescription or non-prescription lenses."

    So, you could have it beam the environment around a blind person (or someone with bad sight) directly onto their retina and have them see in perfect focus?

    IANAOpthamologist.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by wonkey_monkey on Monday February 05 2018, @09:52PM (1 child)

    by wonkey_monkey (279) on Monday February 05 2018, @09:52PM (#633474) Homepage

    When we see a point source, the eye is focusing many rays of light that hit the lens at different points into a single point on the retina. But if you could somehow reduce the point source so that only a [i]single[/i] ray hit your lens, it would always be a point on your retina because it can't be blurred.

    I'm not quite sure how this works when you're projecting a multi-pixel image, but at a guess, people with different prescriptions would see differently-distorted - but still fundamantally sharp - images. And that distortion could be corrected in software.

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    • (Score: 3, Funny) by requerdanos on Monday February 05 2018, @10:33PM

      by requerdanos (5997) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 05 2018, @10:33PM (#633492) Journal

      And that distortion could be corrected in software.

      Oh, yeah, blow off the problem and let the coders deal with it. Thanks again Engineers!!!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 05 2018, @09:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 05 2018, @09:54PM (#633475)
    But it has no cameras!
  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by hemocyanin on Monday February 05 2018, @10:04PM (4 children)

    by hemocyanin (186) on Monday February 05 2018, @10:04PM (#633477) Journal

    At 400x150 pixels, the world would be pretty blocky. Of course the future holds better resolution.

    For me though, I must be getting old. I have zero interest in getting phone notifications right in my eyeball.

    • (Score: 2) by wonkey_monkey on Monday February 05 2018, @10:21PM

      by wonkey_monkey (279) on Monday February 05 2018, @10:21PM (#633487) Homepage

      It's where they end up anyway. Unless you get yours delivered in Morse code via vibration.

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    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Monday February 05 2018, @11:21PM

      by Gaaark (41) on Monday February 05 2018, @11:21PM (#633527) Journal

      the world would be pretty blocky

      Watch out: creeper behind you!

      :)

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 05 2018, @11:39PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 05 2018, @11:39PM (#633538)

      I have zero interest in getting phone notifications right in my eyeball.

      May i interest you in getting them left into your eyeball? 'Left there' as in 'permanently engraved there'.

    • (Score: 2) by edIII on Monday February 05 2018, @11:44PM

      by edIII (791) on Monday February 05 2018, @11:44PM (#633539)

      Same here, but.... at greater resolutions some pretty neat things are possible. That being said, it either requires a camera, sending very precise telemetry to Intel, or a very powerful localized mobile computer.

      I'd like to see augmented reality like that where a red path winds off into the horizon, and that's my hiking trail. Grab my wrist, and my vitals come up on the "screen".

      This looks like the start of something at least.

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  • (Score: 2) by wonkey_monkey on Monday February 05 2018, @10:24PM (2 children)

    by wonkey_monkey (279) on Monday February 05 2018, @10:24PM (#633488) Homepage

    I've remembered the example I meant to give earlier, but couldn't think of - it's like the speckle pattern you see when you point a laser pointer into your eye (don't do this!) - it's always "in focus", such as it is, regardless of your prescription.

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    • (Score: 2) by Geotti on Tuesday February 06 2018, @01:13PM (1 child)

      by Geotti (1146) on Tuesday February 06 2018, @01:13PM (#633792) Journal

      it's always "in focus", such as it is, regardless of your prescription, until you turn blind.

      FTFY.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 06 2018, @08:27PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 06 2018, @08:27PM (#634074)

        can blue lasers make a blue screen the last thing you ever see?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 05 2018, @10:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 05 2018, @10:42PM (#633496)

    wouldn't the shape of the lens have an inpact? As in I'd suspect the image would move/distort differently if you're focusing on something nearby verses something far away.