Xiaomi launched its smart glasses concept on Tuesday, just five days after Facebook and Ray-Ban announced their model.
The Chinese electronics company has released a teaser video showing a sleek pair of black glasses designed with a total of 497 components, including miniature sensors and communication modules, which the company says makes the device more than “just a second screen”.
Users can take photos with the push of a button, see the notification in the lenses, and view AR graphics on top of real-world images.
However, Xiaomi has yet to announce a launch date or price for its smart glasses.
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Xiaomi launched its concept for a pair of smart glasses on Tuesday
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Many tech companies are striving to be the first to bring a futuristic pair of smart glasses to market – and all aim to succeed where the first device, made by Google, failed.
Google launched its Google Glass in 2014, but the device fell flat among consumers. Its creators failed because they neglected to define and validate the user market and what it solved for them.
Snapchat’s parent company Snap also launched its own smart glasses in 2016 called Spectacles, but never really caught on with consumers.
The Chinese electronics company has released a teaser video showing off a sleek pair of black glasses designed with a total of 497 components, including miniature sensors and communication modules, which the firm says makes the device more that a “just a second screen
Users can take photos with the push of a button, see the notification in the lenses, and view AR graphics on top of real-world images
Companies seem to have learned from other people’s missteps and are designing smart glasses that could be widely accepted by the public.
Xiaomi’s pair are designed to look like ordinary glasses, but are packed with components that allow users to perform a range of tasks.
Weighing just an ounce, the Xiaomi smart glasses display messages and notifications, make calls, navigate, capture photos and translate text directly on the lenses.
The glasses include a MicroLED system that offers “higher pixel density and longer life while having a simpler structure” compared to OLED.
According to Xiaomi, MicroLED “allows for a more compact display, as well as easier screen integration.”
The camera sits in the right corner of the glasses, on which they wear a small button on the side to take a photo which is instantly uploaded to their paired smartphone
What really separates Xiaomi’s innovation from Facebook’s Smart Ray Bans are the glasses that include AR capabilities, which can provide users with a range of information overlaid on the real world.
The graph shows the features included in Xiaomi’s smart glasses versus what Facebook’s pair offers users
“Under a microscope, the screen is about the size of a grain of rice, with individual pixels 4m apart, allowing the screen to fit snugly into the frame of the glasses,” Xiaomi explained. in one Press release.
“To allow sufficient light to pass through complex optical structures before reaching the eye, even in direct sunlight, we opted for an ultra-efficient monochrome display solution capable of reaching a maximum brightness of 2 million of nits. “
The camera is in the right corner of the glasses. The wearer presses a small button on the side to take a photo which is instantly downloaded to their paired smartphone.
The glasses also include a microphone for making calls and speakers, allowing them to hear the person on the other end of the line.
What really separates Xiaomi’s innovation from Facebook’s smart Ray Bans are the glasses that include AR capabilities, which can provide users with a range of information overlaid on the real world.
However, Facebook has revealed that its smart glasses will cost $ 299, confirming the device is set to hit the market. Facebook described the Ray-Ban Stories product as a way to seamlessly capture, share and listen to your most authentic moments.
The social media giant has worked with EssilorLuxottica, Ray-Ban’s parent company.
RAY-BAN STORIES: INTELLIGENT DATA SHEET BASED ON FACEBOOK
Ray-Ban has partnered with Facebook to create smart specs based on their existing line of eyeglass frames.
They are available in the Wayfarer, Meteor and Round types.
The new technology adds a pair of cameras, speakers and microphones to the frame.
Unlike true “smart glasses” which can share video directly or allow you to view web content in your line of sight, these record audio and video to be shared via a companion app.
- Weight: 50g (1.7oz)
- Camera: Dual 5MP
- Ring: Open-ear loudspeaker
- Microphone: Triple grating
- Companion app: Facebook view
- Price: From £ 299 ($ 299)
- Maker: Ray-Ban / Facebook
- Available: September 9
However, Facebook has revealed that its smart glasses will cost $ 299, confirming that the device is about to hit the market.
Facebook described the Ray-Ban Stories product as a way to seamlessly capture, share, and listen to your most authentic moments.
The social media giant has worked with EssilorLuxottica, the parent company of Ray-Ban.
“Ray-Ban Stories is designed to help people live in the moment and stay connected with the people they are with and those they would like to be with,” said Andrew Bosworth, vice president of Facebook Reality Labs.
“EssilorLuxottica has been nothing short of remarkable in this partnership and through its commitment to excellence we have been able to deliver both style and substance in a way that will redefine expectations of smart glasses.
“We’re introducing a whole new way for people to stay connected to the world around them and be truly present in life’s most important moments, and look good while doing it.”
The glasses feature a Snapdragon processor and weigh just 50 g (1.7 oz), which is about 5 g (0.17 oz) more than a standard pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses.
Along with cameras mounted in the top corners of the frames, designed to replicate the view of the human eye, they include a three-microphone array to “provide rich voice and sound transmission for calls and videos”.
The new glasses will function as a remote version of the camera already present in a smartphone, with recorded videos and photos shared through a smartphone app.
They will be available as sunglasses, prescription glasses, polarized, gradient, transitional and clear lenses.