Not a Secondary Display of a Smartphone

Xiaomi Smart Glasses can be controlled & used completely independently, surpassing other existing smart glasses in function.

By Lucky 33

Not a Secondary Display of a Smartphone

Ray-Ban Stories are the first product to come out of a multi-year partnership between Facebook & EssilorLuxottica. Xiaomi has now joined them. Its smart glasses won’t be just a second screen for your phone. Facebook & Xiaomi are putting emphasis on lightness despite its features. At 51 grams, it’s a bit heavier than the Ray-Ban Stories. 

The device won’t only be capable of taking photos, but also of displaying messages and notifications, making calls, providing navigation and translating text right in real time in front of your eyes. The glasses also has an indicator light that shows when the 5-megapixel camera is in use.

The product is not a peripheral, but an incredibly dense piece of tech that integrates a total of 497 components including miniature sensors and communication modules. It is not just a second screen for your smartphone, but instead functions as a new smart terminal with independent operating capability of many things, such as selecting the most important notifications to show you, including smart home alarms and messages from important contacts. 

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The device’s navigation capability can display maps and directions in front of your eyes. It can also show you the number of whoever’s currently calling your phone, and you can take the call using the smart glasses’ built in mic and speakers.

Xiaomi’s Smart Glasses are powered by a quad-core ARM processor and run on Android. They also use MicroLED imaging technology, which is known for having a higher brightness and longer lifespan than OLED. The company says the technology has a simpler structure that enabled it to create a compact display with individual pixels sized at 4μm. 

The grating structure etched onto the inner surface of the lens allows light to be refracted in a unique way, directing it safely into the human eye. The refraction process involves bouncing light beams countless times, allowing the human eye to see a complete image, and greatly increasing usability while wearing. All this is done inside a single lens, instead of using complicated multiples lens systems, mirrors, or half mirrors as some other products do.

That mic will be able to pick up speech, which Xiaomi’s proprietary translating algorithm can translate in real time. The glasses’ translation feature also works’ on written text and text on photos captures through its camera. Unfortunately, the company has yet to announce a price or a launch date for the glasses, but we’ll keep you updated when it does.

The Xiaomi Smart Glasses can push notifications to an AR overlay in front of the user. It is obviously inappropriate to display all push notifications from your smartphone in front of your eyes and have restricted such interruptions to the most important messages like alarms, urgent information from office apps, and messages from important contacts. The glasses can also display contact information for an incoming call, and their inbuilt speakers and microphone will allow them to be used as a headset. 

But wait! there’s more, so much more, Navigation overlays for the Xiaomi Smart Glasses will be very useful in driving and cycling scenarios. The glasses can overlay directions, street names, and other map elements onto the world in order to help navigate more safely than looking away from the road at a map. The glasses have a 5MP camera (like the Ray-Ban Stories), which can take photos as well as translate text in photos.

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