OPPO Air Glass delivers alternative to AR with ‘assisted reality’


Immediately at INNO Day 2021, OPPO revealed Air Glass, a brand new “assisted actuality” wearable that isn’t fairly just like the AR (augmented actuality) glasses of the previous. Whereas our minds will probably bounce to Google Glass or possibly even the Magic Leap One when speaking about augmented actuality headsets, the OPPO Air Glass seems fairly a bit totally different from each of these merchandise. For starters, OPPO Air Glass makes use of a removable monocle design, however past that, it additionally appears to slender the main focus of AR glasses with an easy heads-up show and a small however helpful assortment of apps.

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OPPO describes Air Glass as a “minimalist” machine that makes use of a diffraction optical waveguide show and OPPO’s in-house Spark Micro Projector, which makes use of Micro LED. The Air Glass makes use of solely a single show (very similar to Google Glass) that may be magnetically connected to a body, with OPPO asserting each full and half-frames for it at the moment as nicely. Your entire package deal weighs 30 grams and has a Snapdragon Put on 4100 powering the present.

OPPO says that the projector on the core of Air Glass is just in regards to the dimension of a espresso bean, however when paired with the waveguide show, it will possibly ship as much as 1,400 nits in common brightness. The show itself is sandwiched between two layers of sapphire glass and might output in 16-level or 256-level grayscale, so customers most likely received’t get any fancy visuals out of this package deal.

That’s okay, although, as a result of that greyscale show is all of the Air Glass must do what it was designed to do. OPPO says that the Air Glass might be paired with both an OPPO Watch 2 or any OPPO smartphone working ColorOS 11 or above. When used alongside the OPPO Watch 2, Air Glass might be managed by way of hand actions, which is an fascinating contact. Air Glass also can acknowledge head actions, with nods opening notifications and head shakes dismissing them.

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Past head and hand motion controls, the Air Glass additionally helps contact controls and voice controls, as we’d anticipate any AR glasses to. The apps that shall be obtainable on Air Glass – at the very least at first – shall be few in quantity however helpful nonetheless. We’ve obtained the same old suspects there, together with climate, well being, and calendar apps, however OPPO can be delivery a teleprompter app with the Air Glass, doubtlessly making it an excellent companion for shows.

One other notable app is the interpretation app, which is able to detect the voice of the particular person you’re speaking to, mechanically translate what they’re saying, and present that translation on the show. OPPO says that Air Glass will help Mandarin Chinese language/English two-way translation at launch, with Mandarin Chinese language/Japanese and Mandarin Chinese language/Korean translation deliberate sooner or later.

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Lastly, Baidu is making a strolling and biking navigation app for Air Glass that can provide customers instructions on the show. Paired with Baidu’s Discover Close by app, Air Glass will even have the ability to inform customers when there are shops or factors of curiosity close by.

OPPO would possibly simply be onto one thing right here by paring again the AR wearable expertise and turning it into extra of an assistive expertise. Whereas Air Glass received’t help a ton of various apps at launch, the few that it’s going to help have a variety of potential within the AR area, so Air Glass might very nicely be a tool to look at as we transfer by 2022. We’ll see it launch in Q1 2022 in mainland China, with no different launch areas introduced at the moment.

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