Oppo comes from announcement a new product arriving in the Chinese market in the first quarter of 2022 called Air Glass, which could be a spiritual successor to Google Glass.
Oppo defines Air Glass as an âassisted realityâ device. This is a heads-up display that attaches to the frame of a pair of glasses and uses a projector to broadcast an image in a waveguide at the corner of the user’s vision.
The system powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 can provide notifications, display weather and calendar information, offer navigation instructions, and even function as a teleprompter. The device will also support live two-way translation between Mandarin Chinese and English or Japanese, showing the translation on the screen. A Korean translation is also planned.
Users will be able to interact with the Air Glass using head gestures, voice commands, touch and hand movement activated by a paired Oppo Watch 2.
The Spark Micro Projector on the Air Glass was designed by Oppo to occupy only a half cubic center of space while using a Micro LED light source which the company claims can achieve a brightness of 3 million. nits. The projector emits on a custom-made optical diffraction waveguide, which Oppo says can offer 16- or 256-level gray scale and provide an average brightness of 1,400 nits, more than enough for daytime visibility.
Oppo designed the Air Glass to attach to half or full frames for users who need corrective lenses. It will come in two sizes and colors.
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While the Oppo Air Glass may take a step ahead of Google Glass in terms of design, especially with the use of a thin waveguide instead of a block prism, it doesn’t appear to be. a monumental leap in terms of capabilities. Like Google Glass, it offers a simple visual overlay to deliver information at a glance. While Google Glass could display color, Oppo Air Glass seems limited to shades of green. Google Glass also featured an on-board camera – something that raised its fair share of privacy concerns – which Oppo left out on its device.
Where Google’s focus has shifted to corporate for Google Glass, Oppo’s inclusion of walking and cycling suggests a larger market for the device. However, there is no word on pricing yet, nor on an exit beyond the Chinese market. Oppo has indicated a release date for the first quarter, but perhaps take that with a grain of salt, given that Oppo has made similar announcements over the past couple of years.
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