Xiaomi Smart Glasses announced as “wearable concept”
Xiaomi unexpectedly announced its smart glasses, which are to be more than just a very expensive smartphone accessory.
Tomorrow, on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, Xiaomi is organizing its big event, during which we can expect several new phones (and maybe even tablets). But the company also had something to show us today – strange that it did not manage to fit it into tomorrow’s event, or maybe Xiaomi wanted to steal some of the attention from Apple, which today has its “California Streaming” conference?
Besides the digressions, we are talking about the newly presented ones Xiaomi Smart Glasses. As you might expect, these are smart glasses, but the company describes them as “an engineered look into an advanced future.” Unfortunately, this is an “intelligent wearable device concept” and not an actual product that will already be available for purchase.
We say “unfortunately” because the concept looks quite interesting, at least on paper, and they almost look like normal glasses. Xiaomi smart glasses weigh only 51 g and can display notifications, make calls, assist with navigation, take pictures and translate text in real time “in front of you”. There is also a teleprompter function.
The display uses MicroLED for the backlight, and the display chip measures only 2.4mm x 2.02mm, which is roughly the size of a grain of rice. The individual pixels have a size of 4 μm, thanks to which the display will fit in the frames of the glasses. This is an ultra-efficient monochrome panel, meaning no colors – to be able to reach 2 million nits brightness when needed and look directly at the harsh sunlight.
The MicroLED display uses optical waveguide technology that refracts light at an angle of 180 degrees to accurately transmit the light beams to the human eye “through the microscopic mesh structure of the optical waveguide lens”.
This grating structure engraved on the inner surface of the eyeglass lenses allows light to refract in a unique way by reflecting light rays countless times, allowing the eyes to see the full picture. All this takes place in one lens, without the use of complicated systems of multiple lenses, mirrors or half mirrors.
XiaoAI Assistant is the “primary method of interaction” with glasses. It only lets the most important notifications through and doesn’t bother the user with every single notification your phone receives – we’ll only see smart home alerts, urgent information from office apps, messages from important contacts, and more.
The glasses have built-in dual microphones and beamforming speakers so you can answer calls on them. There is a 5MP camera on the front for photos and the smart glasses can transcribe audio to text with real-time translation.
To enable all these features, the Xiaomi Smart Glasses are equipped with a quad-core ARM processor, a battery, a touchpad, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules and, interestingly, an Android version as software – although we don’t have any more details about it.
What you have read so far is all that Xiaomi has revealed so far. And unfortunately not as detailed as we would like.
We consider this a concept device that Xiaomi has shown to be working on smart glasses as a mass product, but it’s not the near future. Hopefully the end product will reach users as soon as possible and live up to the promises made in this concept as they sound very intriguing and I would have to wear for now!
source: Xiaomi | GSMArena