Chinese tech company Xiaomi has unveiled its first new smart eye wearable device, Xiaomi Smart Glasses. The Xiaomi Smart Glasses look like any normal pair of sunglasses but are embedded with sensors and imaging systems to enable various smart features including navigation and real-time text translation.
The glasses are lightweight, weighing just 51 grams and integrate a new MicroLED optical waveguide technology to display messages and notifications in the front of the eyes. The Xiaomi Smart Glasses are also said to be able to make calls, offer navigation using augmented reality (AR), capture photos, and translate text in front of the eyes.
Although the new glasses have been announced, the company has not published any pricing details or time frame for the launch and sales. However, it can be speculated that the glasses will first be launched in the Chinese market before it is available globally.
The Xiaomi Smart Glasses have a squarish frame with a band running on top. The band that sits on top is considerably thick and presumably fitted with sensors. The glasses adopt the MicroLED imaging technology to lower the design space needed in structural design, as well as the overall weight of the device since according to Xiaomi MicroLEDs have a higher pixel density and a simpler structure. The technology thus allows for a more compact display, and easier screen integration It has a display chip measuring just 2.4x2.02mm. Under a microscope, Xiaomi says the display is roughly the size of a grain of rice, with individual pixels sized at 4μm.
Xiaomi for its glasses has opted for a monochromatic display, which allows for enough light to pass through, while the display according to the company can achieve the highest brightness of 2 million nits. The glasses integrate a total of 497 components including miniature sensors and communication modules. The wearable can do independent operations like navigation, take photos, act as a teleprompter, and offer real-time text and photo translations.
It supports XiaoAI AI assistant for voice commands, which is said to be the primary interaction method. Xiaomi Smart Glasses also minimize interruptions at inconvenient times and display important information when it is critical, it will filter notifications and display only the most important ones.
The glasses will come with a built-in dual beamforming microphone and speaker to enable the phone calling feature. With its integrated display system, the Xiaomi smart glasses can also present roads and maps in front of the eyes in real-time so that it can help to keep the users eyes on the road safely and conveniently.
To take photos and translate texts, the glasses use a 5-megapixel camera integrated into the wearable. The company additionally claimed that the glasses will also be able to translate audio into texts with real-time translation. Other features include a quad-core ARM processor, a touchpad, and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while the glasses run on the Android operating system.
Xiaomi’s new Smart Glasses will compete with Facebook’s eye wearable, which Facebook released in collaboration with the famous eye-wear company, Rayban, which was also launched this month.