Xiaomi says its smart glasses could replace your phone

midian182

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In brief: Smart glasses are back in fashion following the commercial failure that was Google Glass. In the wake of the Ray-Ban/Facebook collaboration on Ray-Ban Stories, Amazon’s 2nd-gen Echo Frames, Razer’s Anzu smart glasses, and more, Xiaomi is joining the party with a new take on the tech—and the Chinese giant claims its product could replace your phone.

The world’s largest phone maker has lifted the lid on the Xiaomi Smart Glasses. The company says they look like regular glasses—if you ignore the camera pointing at you, presumably—and weigh just 51g.

The Xiaomi Smart Glasses feature an internal display chip that’s as small as a grain of rice (2.4mm x 2.02mm), with individual pixels sized at 4μm. Rather than using a mini projector, as with Google Glass, it uses MicroLED imaging technology. Not only does it require less space, but it also offers higher brightness and pixel density, a longer lifespan, and a simpler structure than OLED.

The glasses use a combination of optical waveguide tech and refraction to bounce light beams countless times, allowing the wearer to see a complete image, all done with a single lens.

Xiaomi insists its glasses are more than just a secondary screen for your smartphone. Users can see basic notification and call information, along with navigation, a teleprompter, and real-time text and photo translations. There’s also 5MP camera for taking photos and a built-in microphone. As with similar products, an indicator light will illuminate when the camera is in use.

All this is achieved with a quad-core ARM processor, battery, touchpad, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules, and Android OS. It also comes with Xiaomi’s XiaoAI assistant.

While Xiaomi claims this is a smartphone replacement, the monochrome green display—chosen so sufficient light can pass through the complicated optical structures—is unlikely to please those who’ve just sold their $1,000+ flagship and expect a similar experience.

No word yet on the Xiaomi Smart Glasses’ pricing, release date, or availability.

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QuantumPhysics

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Can those smart glasses record 10 hours of 4K 60fps video, edit that video and then upload to YouTube, Facebook or Instagram?

Can those smart glasses control my TV so that I can binge watch series or movies at will?

O…we’ll I guess they can’t replace my smartphone either.
 

Fearghast

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For navigation and notifications, I can really see the appeal (especially if you are already wearing glasses), but other than that ... "why?" is probably the best question I can come up with, when I am trying to guess the price tag.
 

Uncle Al

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I can see a LOT of companies, businesses, etc. banning such devices from their premises for the simple fact they don't want even the hint that all conversations, etc. could be recorded. It will be interesting to hear if the DOJ would allow such recorded evidence to be submitted to a legal proceeding or used as ANY form of evidence.
 

Fearghast

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I can see a LOT of companies, businesses, etc. banning such devices from their premises for the simple fact they don't want even the hint that all conversations, etc. could be recorded. It will be interesting to hear if the DOJ would allow such recorded evidence to be submitted to a legal proceeding or used as ANY form of evidence.
Almost everyone has a phone ... all conversations etc. can be recorded already.
Not to mention devices like Insta360 Go 2 and many other smaller alternatives.
 

goldman

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(like google glass did)seems like something that might be cool to "replace" your phone at home, but wouldn't use it outside, looks like toy glasses, at least google glass looked like some kinda weird futuristic technology prototype
 

Markoni35

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I can already see explosion of apps that use artificial intelligence to make people look naked when you look at them.
 

rogueTempo

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I can see a LOT of companies, businesses, etc. banning such devices from their premises for the simple fact they don't want even the hint that all conversations, etc. could be recorded. It will be interesting to hear if the DOJ would allow such recorded evidence to be submitted to a legal proceeding or used as ANY form of evidence.
You can already do this with the latest watches though. Many students at the university I'm at use it during lectures, etc.