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Intel made smart glasses that look normal
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-02-07 01:10:31

The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.

There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no weird arm floating in front of the lens, no speaker, and no microphone (for now).

From the outside, the Vaunt glasses look just like eyeglasses. When you’re wearing them, you see a stream of information on what looks like a screen - but it’s actually being projected onto your retina.

This looks amazing. I'm not entirely sure if I, personally, have any use for this, but such basic, simple, handsfree information could be invaluable to, for instance, construction workers, farmers, police officers, or other people who do hard, dangerous work with their hands.

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Retinal projection
By kwan_e on 2018-02-07 03:26:18
I don't know. With Intel's recent reputation, I wouldn't want them getting anywhere near my retinae.

I don't want my retinae to meltdown, causing me to start seeing spectres everywhere.
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By nicubunu on 2018-02-07 08:58:06
...or you can just have a continuous stream of ads on the lower right part of your field of view
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Comment by pmac
By pmac on 2018-02-07 10:11:18
Yes, because when I do hard, dangerous work with my hands I want some information popping up in front of my eyes, partially blocking my vision.
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RE: Comment by pmac
By Adurbe on 2018-02-07 11:15:49
like a fighter pilot
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Comment by ahferroin7
By ahferroin7 on 2018-02-07 13:24:37
The funny thing is that the 'smart' branding doesn't exactly fit. They're a highly specialized display system, but there's no AI, no special functionality beyond the display, and to be honest not really all that much processing involved beyond the simple flattening to monochrome and planar distortion of the image to get it to look right (both of which are also done by regular displays). It's like calling a TV a 'smart TV' just because it's a rear-projection DLP system (which is essentially the equivalent of what these are doing based on how they're described).
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RE: Retinal projection
By jpkx1984 on 2018-02-07 13:35:24
Imagine all those students with an ultimate tool to cheat on exams.
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RE: Comment by pmac
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2018-02-07 15:22:03
Yeah, I don't think that's a concern at least with the prototype. Its only red text that's only visible when you look down.

I'm just concerned about the long term effects of shining a low power laser directly at my retina. I don't think that's been studied enough.
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Looks dorky, but not creepy
By Carewolf on 2018-02-07 17:12:38
Love the focus on the basic features of just start by making proper smart glasses that works as a display first before trying to make them into creepy spyware.

The design is rather dorky though, more so than it needs to be, but I guess that can be easily fixed.
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RE[2]: Retinal projection
By Alfman on 2018-02-07 17:30:09

> Imagine all those students with an ultimate tool to cheat on exams.

You know, I am not happy that we've created an incentive to hide information in the first place. At some point we as a society should consider ditching the notion that having information is cheating and instead encourage it as a legitimate tool to advance human capacity. Instead of grading us in an information void without tools & material, education should try and find ways to keep students challenged with technology. Rather than training our brains to do tedious repetitive tasks, we could focus on higher level abstractions and maximize our benefit from computers. If traditional classwork becomes too trivial with technology, then maybe classwork itself needs to evolve.

It's just a thought, maybe one day not allowing technology on tests will be considered Luddite :)
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RE[3]: Retinal projection
By kwan_e on 2018-02-07 20:26:49
> Rather than training our brains to do tedious repetitive tasks,

While I completely agree that our current methods of assessment can do with some assessment themselves, I think there are still benefits from training our brains to be able to do the hard work.

Imagine if we recovered and retaught the medieval techniques for memorization, like the mind-palace. You can actually learn to be very creative by figuring out how your own brain works.

> It's just a thought, maybe one day not allowing technology on tests will be considered Luddite :)

Timed tests/exams for specific subjects rarely occur in the workplace so it's funny how people think they can assess anything remotely close to workplace performance.
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