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TCL unveils Thunderbird smart glasses with MicroLED color display and augmented reality

The new TCL smart glasses come with a microLED display. (Image: screenshot)

The Thunderbird Pioneer Edition display leaves behind Xiaomi’s conceptual smart glasses.

Chinese electronics company TCL unveiled its all-new Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition eyewear on Friday, October 15. Sharing a video on Chinese social media platform Weibo, the company informed that the new smart glasses feature a transparent, full-color micro-LED display. . The glasses also have a built-in camera allowing its users to take pictures with just a click on the side of the frame. The bezels look like normal specs, thanks to their transparent screens and waveguide technology that TCL has been using for three years. The Thunderbird Pioneer Edition display leaves behind Xiaomi’s conceptual smart glasses, which were announced last month and only feature a monochrome display using the same waveguide technology.

The glasses will also support augmented reality, which means they can add layers of digital information about the user’s vision through the glasses. For example, the glasses can project navigation routes in front of your eyes, making it easier for you to turn exactly where the map is showing without worrying about checking your phone. Additionally, the product video shared by the manufacturer shows the smart glasses running multiple screens at the same time and pairing with the PC to serve as an additional screen. The presence of an alarm in the glasses alludes to a loudspeaker. Pricing for the Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition is yet to be revealed. Glasses are expected to hit the Chinese market first.

The video also shows several app integrations that people use in the display of the glasses themselves. For example, the video shows a user watching videos on the glass screen itself as well as integration with smart home devices. The video is indicative of the aspiration of smart glasses to replace smartphone screens, which Xiaomi’s concept video says will happen in the near future.

A past attempt to popularize smart glasses by Google failed when the tech giant, after presenting its Google Goggles in 2014, announced in 2015 that it would stop production. After which, the smart glasses market was quiet for a while. Recently, Facebook announced its Ray-ban smart glasses which featured a camera but did not have a screen. The glasses also had speakers providing open-ear sound to the wearer. While the glasses looked cool, there were wide apprehensions as they were made by Facebook, a data-hungry tech giant that has been criticized for its data privacy disasters.

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