The Verge gives a nice run down of the glasses in this seven-minute video.

You won’t even, necessarily, be able to interact with the glasses except for when using your phone. According to The Verge, how one interacts with the glasses is still up in the air. The current test models made available to The Verge had a compass and accelerometer built in, but nothing else.


However Itai Vonshak, head of products for Intel’s New Devices Group, did give an example of using the glasses with Alexa—sort of like the glasses Vuzix was showing off at CES this year. That strongly suggests a microphone and speaker could be added at a later date.

But is shouting at one’s glasses really the future of interaction with wearable tech? Will we really talk to Alexa as we ride the train or saunter through the mall? Or will we use a controller, as Magic Leap suggests? Or gestures, as with Microsoft’s Hololens?


Intel’s Vaunt seems to take us a step closer to personal HUDs, but the biggest question still remains: How the heck are we supposed to interact with these computers of the future? “We really believe that it can’t have any social cost,” Vonshak told The Verge. “So if it’s weird, if you look geeky, if you’re tapping and fiddling—then we’ve lost.”

Too bad Vonshak hasn’t explained how Intel will “win.” The personal computer didn’t become common until the mouse. The smartphone didn’t grow popular until Apple came up with the pinch and zoom. It’s not enough to build new tech—one has to resolve how we interact with that tech in the most natural way possible. According to The Verge, Intel still doesn’t know what that interaction will look like.


One can only hope Intel figures it out soon. The Vaunt glasses will be made available to developers later this year and will work with Android and iOS devices. The only thing potential users will need is their pupillary distance, which anyone with eyeglasses will already have on hand from their optometrist. People with perfect vision will probably need to make an appointment.

[The Verge]