Mixed-reality glasses may seem gimmicky for many but for tech companies, they are things that need more exploration and exposure. The concept of AR/smart glasses inspired Xiaomi quite much as well since they came up with their version of it. At the ongoing MWC 2023 conference held in Barcelona, Xiaomi unveiled the Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition.
Already making waves being in the concept phase
This one may be in its concept phase but Xiaomi is leaving no stone unturned to make its wearable AR glasses the latest and greatest of all. Although they do not look low-key at all the company has still managed to make the glasses look like normal ones. It is commendable to be able to fit so much high-powered tech in the product without making it look bulky.
Weighing 126 grams, the Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition is comparatively lightweight. This was made possible using “a range of lightweight materials” such as carbon fibre parts and magnesium-lithium alloy. Xiaomi says, “the glasses have been calibrated with precision, taking into account details such as the centre of gravity, leg spacing, angle, nose rest, and other factors that contribute to a superior experience.”
To ensure that the users have a fully immersive experience, Xiaomi has made the glasses completely wireless. Without delving much into the details about the battery or charging, the tech giant said it has a “self-developed silicon-oxygen anode battery.”
Under the hood, these AR glasses are powered by Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 chip. They feature the company’s proprietary low-latency communication link. Xiaomi says, “the latency of as low as 3ms1 between the smartphone device to the glasses, and a wireless connection with full link latency as low as 50ms2 which is comparable to wired solutions.” They can be paired with Xiaomi 13 smartphone or any other Snapdragon Spaces-ready device wirelessly.
The low power-usage AON camera supports gesture control. Users would be able to control the whole and interact with their surroundings by waving their fingers. The headset comes with a pair of MicroOLED displays which are “retina-level” as claimed by the company with an “industry-leading” pixel per degree density of 58. It is so dense that the human eye would not be able to notice the pixels. The MicroOLED displays are benefitted from “free-form, light-guiding” prisms enabling them to “achieve a clear picture display.”
In a statement, Xiaomi said, “These lenses enable a blackout mode that offers an immersive experience when viewing content, while the transparent mode produces a more vivid AR experience that blends reality and virtual elements.” There would be less brightness loss as compared with other close-up displays. Moreover, the glasses can yield a peak brightness of 1,200mits. The lenses dim automatically and are electrochromic. This ensures full-on immersion thereby enabling the wearer to pay complete attention to the virtual world displayed in front of them.
Availability and pricing
There is no information on the availability or pricing of the AR glasses yet. However, Xiaomi says that they would be titanium and shall be available with three different nosepieces.