Xiaomi, a leading Chinese consumer electronics company, unveiled a prototype of its AR glasses called the Xiaomi Wireless AR Smart Glass Explorer Edition at the Mobile World Congress in Madrid. The glasses feature a pair of Micro-OLED screens with HD visuals at 1,200 nits of brightness. Xiaomi says they kept these smart glasses relatively lightweight, using a magnesium alloy, carbon fiber, and a custom silicon-oxygen anode battery. And the Gen 1 chip from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 powers them. Three forward-facing cameras map the environment in front.
Users connect the glasses to a smartphone via Xiaomi’s combination WiFi/Bluetooth proprietary low-latency communication link of 50ms for a wearable wireless screen. Xiaomi’s AR applications are far more advanced than other smart glasses requiring cable hook-up. What’s more, the Xiaomi Wireless AR Smart Glass Explorer Edition boasts electrochromic lenses that users can control with a button. So, these smart glasses can be transparent for AR to see the real world or used with a black screen for total immersion.
It’s unclear when the glasses will be available to the public. Xiaomi may be planning to explore ways of making the charge last longer, or the company may want to wait until they can manufacture the glasses at a lower cost before release.
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