Xiaomi seems determined to keep people’s minds busy, and not just thanks to its smartphones. The Chinese giant has indeed just lifted the veil on its Smart Glasses, a pair of connected glasses equipped with a MicroLed. The firm does not intend – for the time being at least – to market this product, after all futuristic, but largely details its operation to better underline the progress of its technical research.
Behind their relatively conventional design, these glasses hide a fairly advanced technology, based on a 0.13-inch monochrome MicroLed screen, whose brightness can reach 2 million nits. Via a set of guide lenses, the light beams from this tiny screen (about the size of a grain of rice) are projected not directly onto the eye, but refracted many times before reaching the eyes. The information is therefore displayed as an overlay and thus offers a non-invasive augmented reality experience.
A concentrate of technology in a featherweight
The whole thing works thanks to a quad-core chip developed by ARM, which measures only 2.4 mm x 2.02 mm and runs on Android. The latter is directly integrated into one of the branches and is compatible with Bluetooth and wifi networks. Smart Glasses do not need to be constantly linked to a smartphone to work. Xiaomi even suggests that she could replace him one day …
The presentation video shows that the glasses can operate as a GPS, receive notifications, make calls or even translate text into foreign languages on the fly. These concept glasses are also capable of capturing shots thanks to a 5 Mpx sensor, an LED that lights up when the latter is in use. Xiaomi clarifies that the pair weighs only 51 grams, which is quite impressive considering the 497 components it is topped with. The product may be at the concept stage, it allows the manufacturer to display its ambition to become a major player in the sector if the latter were to develop.
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