Xiaomi—the world’s biggest smartphone producer—wish to briefly divert your tech consideration away from the iPhone 13 launch to a brand new pair of AR goggles known as “Xiaomi Smart Glasses.” The corporate calls this a “idea” system, however earlier Xiaomi “idea” devices have become real, for-sale merchandise. There is not any launch date or value level but, however it seems prefer it’s a working system. Xiaomi’s ft are firmly on the bottom, and there is not a lot in regards to the product that hasn’t been carried out earlier than by Google Glass or Snapchat Spectacles.
The Sensible Glasses appear like a barely cumbersome pair of prescription eyeglasses, with a 5MP digital camera in a single nook and the show system within the different. The show system is wild—a microLED show fires right into a sequence of lenses after which right into a waveguide lens for the proper eye solely. Cramming a microLED right into a pair of glasses apparently wasn’t simple—Xiaomi says the chip measures 2.4 mm x 2.02 mm, with particular person pixels sized at 4 μm. The massive compromise is that the microLED system is definitely monochrome: the glasses can solely show inexperienced, so you may really feel proper at residence when you ever used a pc within the Eighties.
The largest AR glasses product in the marketplace is Snapchat Spectacles, and people take a extra superior strategy to imaginative and prescient, with two full-color waveguide lenses. Xiaomi is pushing the envelope with microLED, whereas Snapchat appears to be utilizing tiny DLP projectors that venture into the waveguides. Snapchat was so impressed with its show provider that it determined to buy the corporate—known as “WaveOptics”—in March for $500 million.
The Xiaomi Sensible Glasses don’t seem to focus a lot on 3D object capabilities—with just one show lens, the glasses cannot show 3D anyway. Against this, Snapchat Spectacles are an actual augmented actuality platform with two lenses, stereoscopic imaginative and prescient, and 3D placement of digital objects into the true world based mostly on the wearer’s perspective. Most of Xiaomi’s demoed interfaces labored extra like Google Glass—a 2D, smartwatch-style interface that transparently hangs out in your field of regard. The one exception was the interpretation mode, which—identical to Word Lens—can place translated textual content over high of international textual content in the true world.
Software program is what makes a tool helpful, and an enormous downside with AR glasses is that no AR working system, app retailer, or app ecosystem exists. Xiaomi confirmed a whopping 5 features within the video: notifications, telephone calls, maps, picture-taking, and translation. There was no app retailer or developer API to talk of. Xiaomi is utilizing a closely personalized model of Android for the OS and the “XiaoAI AI Assistant” for voice command. These are the first methods of interacting with the glasses.
Like a smartwatch, there are each onboard processing capabilities that enable the glasses to “independently full features resembling navigation, taking images, teleprompter, and real-time textual content and picture translations” and smartphone pairing, for mirroring notifications and making calls.
Below the hood, the glasses use a quad-core ARM processor. There is a touchpad on the aspect, together with three buttons alongside the underside fringe of the proper arm. What seems like a microphone is cleverly hidden within the nostril pad.
Once more, it is laborious to inform how a lot of that is actual or if Xiaomi desires to promote a brand new system. However no pie-in-the-sky ideas are being pushed right here. The glasses are literally disappointingly reasonable and restricted, which makes us assume they actually exist someplace in Xiaomi’s labs.
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