Beijing time on December 18 morning news, according to the US technology media The Verge reported that Intel had cut its own augmented reality (AR) glasses project Vaunt, and now Vaunt AR glasses technology was bought by a company called North, the transaction amount Not yet disclosed.
North is a Canadian company and a developer of Focals AR glasses. It is worth noting that Intel Capital is a major investor in North and has led North's financing in 2016. North's CEO revealed that the company acquired 230 patents or applications, along with other technologies and assets, and it should have more than 650 patents by the end of the year.
The design philosophy of Focals and Vaunt is basically the same: a small laser is implanted into the eyeglass frame to project an image onto the retina. In the end, their goal is to develop the glasses that users really want to wear, and the appearance is not much different from ordinary glasses.
According to the introduction, the Focals glasses right bracket has a small daylighting laser that receives and displays the phone information via Bluetooth. The right lens of the glasses has a photopolymer material that is reflected by the laser and projects the image onto the eye. If it's a real AR glasses, it will overlay the digital image on top of the real object. The Focals are slightly different, but the advantage of this design is that the glasses look similar to regular glasses.
Intel developed Vaunt in the lab, but like many Intel prototypes, Vaunt can't find a partner to bring glasses to consumers. The same problem exists with Focals in North.
Consumers can now purchase the North AR glasses they want, but the glasses must match themselves because the projector must be aligned to match the face to the face to correctly project the image to the retina.
In February, The Verge tried Intel Vaunt prototypes, and Focals seemed to be more advanced. Because Focals casts a larger image and is a full-color image, Vaunt's image is a red monochrome image. Intel has accumulated some MEMs technology and optical technology, which is what North needs. Not only that, Intel has found a good way to shrink the display system.