Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is planning to launch smart glasses in 2018. According to reports, the company is thinking of selling a majority stake in an augmented reality spinoff company and potentially launching consumer smart glasses this year.
The company most probably will be called Vaunt and the smart glasses are going to be named internally as “Superlite.” Reports also indicate that Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese manufacturer will be making these smart glasses. The glasses pair with a Smartphone through Bluetooth and will be using a laser projector for displaying information in the field of view of the wearer.
The new company Vaunt will reportedly have some of the former employees from Recon Instruments as staff members. It is the AR wearables company that was acquired by Intel in 2015. Last year Intel shut it down due to some issues. According to reports, this entry into the smart glasses sector is not the first of its kind for the company.
Intel has already worked with industrial AR headset company Daqri and has also tried its hand at launching a VR-like “merged reality” for the headset design. The design was known as Project Alloy but was scrapped before it actually took off. The information about the new venture from Intel is not completely available. Even then, commercialization of smart glasses backed by none other than a major player in the IT sector like Intel certainly is highly exciting.
Intel & Amazon Focusing on Powered Glasses
Most of the companies who previously expressed their intent to develop glasses-based AR considered it less significant owing to its short-term importance. However, apart from Intel, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is also interested in glass-based AR and is working on Alexa-powered glasses. However, other IT giants such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) are all busy focusing on phone-based AR.