Xiaomi‘s big event is literally tomorrow, September 15, at which we can expect to see a slew of new phones (and perhaps even tablets). although Xiaomi’s big event is tomorrow, the company revealed their newest Smart Glasses today.
Anyway, aside from that, we’re talking about the recently unveiled Xiaomi Smart Glasses. These are, unsurprisingly, smart glasses, but the company describes them as “an engineer’s view into an advanced future.” Unfortunately, they are a “smart wearable device concept,” not an actual product with a release date and price.
We say “unfortunately” because, on paper, they appear to be very cool (and look almost like a normal pair of glasses, as you can see). The Xiaomi Smart Glasses are only 51g in weight and can display notifications, make calls, assist you in navigation, take photos, and translate text in real-time “right before your eyes.” There is also a teleprompter feature.
Xiaomi’s Smart Glass display uses MicroLEDs for backlighting, and the display chip is only 2.4mm x 2.02mm, the display chip is small as the size of a grain of rice, according to the company. Individual pixels are 4m in size, allowing the display to fit within the glasses frame. This is an ultra-efficient monochrome panel – no colors for you! – that can reach a brightness of 2 million nits when needed and you’re directly facing harsh sunlight.
According to Xiaomi, the MicroLED display employs optical waveguide technology that refracts light at 180 degrees, allowing it to accurately transmit light beams to the human eye “through the microscopic grating structure of the optical waveguide lens.”
This grating structure etched onto the inner surface of the glasses’ lens allows light to be refracted unusually, bouncing light beams countless times and providing the eye with a complete image. All of this is accomplished with a single lens, without the use of complicated multiple lens systems, mirrors, or half mirrors.
The “primary interaction method” with the glasses is the XiaoAI assistant. It only allows the most important notifications to reach you and does not bother you with every notification your phone receives; Xiaomi Smart Glasses will notify you about Smart Home alerts, important information from your work/office apps, texts from your important contacts, etc.
The glasses have built-in dual beamforming mics and speakers, allowing you to take calls while wearing them. For photos, there’s a 5 MP camera on the front, and the Smart Glasses can transcribe audio into text with real-time translations.
To power the Xiaomi Smart Glasses, Xiaomi includes a quad-core ARM processor, a battery, a touchpad, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth modules, and, this Smart Glasses powered by a Version of Android; Xiaomi didn’t announce more about this Android version yet.
That’s kind of the overall theme of this announcement – what you’ve read thus far is the entirety of the information released by Xiaomi. And it’s not particularly detailed, is it?
So we think this is a concept device to show that Xiaomi is working on smart glasses as a mass-market product, but it isn’t – it’s just a glimpse into the future. Hopefully, the final product arrives as soon as possible and lives up to the concept’s promise, because it’s certainly intriguing.
Find-out more about Xiaomi Smart Glasses at blog.mi.com