The Chinese brand has managed to get ahead of Apple and announce its own smart glasses, with MicroLED technology and a weight of only 51 grams. A few hours after the Apple keynote, where it is expected that those from Cupertino will show the first preview of their smart glasses, the Chinese giant Xiaomi has decided to get ahead of the bitten apple brand, presenting to the world its first “smart glasses ”
Despite being a conceptual product, Xiaomi wanted to show what it could achieve using the technology available to it today if it were applied to a product very different from the rest that makes up the company’s catalog.
And it is that the Xiaomi Smart Glasses combine a simple appearance, and at first glance, not very technological, with the innovation provided by systems such as MicroLED optical waveguide technology.
Xiaomi Smart Glasses, smart glasses weighing 51 grams
The company explains what are some of the challenges it has faced during the development of this product. They indicate that MicroLED imaging technology is the most suitable for a device of this type since with it it is possible to reduce the space required in the structural design, in addition to lightening the total weight of the device by several grams.
The panel driver is located on the glasses frame itself and is 2.4 x 2.02 millimeters in size. In this sense, Xiaomi explains that the use of MicroLED has made it possible to provide the device with a more compact screen with a high pixel density – each pixel, by the way, has a size of 4 μm.
The screen of the Xiaomi Smart Glasses is monochrome. It has been decided to opt for this solution, since it allows reaching two million nits of maximum brightness, with the aim of allowing enough light to pass through the optical structures before reaching the eye, even in direct sunlight.
By adopting optical waveguide technology that refracts lights 180 °, the MicroLED screen accurately transmits light rays to the human eye through the microscopic grating structure of the optical waveguide lens.
Xiaomi wants to make it clear that its Smart Glasses are not a compliment to the smartphone, but rather a totally independent wearable, with functions such as the possibility of making calls, taking photos, using the screen as a teleprompter, or reading translations in real-time. . All functions are enabled through the XiaoAI assistant, which is also capable of displaying relevant information at the most appropriate time, and without disturbing the person wearing the glasses.
Of course, the glasses also integrate a camera. In this case, it is 5 megapixels in resolution and is intended to take photos, as well as to translate text into images. It also includes a microphone and an indicator light that indicates when the camera is in use.
All the functions of the Xiaomi Smart Glasses would be supported by an Android version, a quad-core ARM processor, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi modules, and of course a battery.
At the moment, of course, the brand has not revealed its production plans for this product, and it is not clear if they will end up becoming a reality, or if they will simply remain a promising concept.