16 September 2021
Smart glasses have been a fascinating tech product category for a long time but we are yet to see an offering that has been well-received by the masses. There are different companies putting in efforts but are yet to hit the bull's eye. Xiaomi is the newest player to join the club as it has announced Xiaomi Smart Glasses.
Xiaomi has described its smart glasses as "an engineer’s look into an advanced future". It is said to weigh just 51 grams and makes use of MicroLED display technology. It is capable of showing messages and notifications, making calls, navigating, capturing photos, and translating texts. It should be noted that glasses will only show priority-based notifications so that you do not get annoyed by seeing every single alert on the display.
As per the official announcement, the team opted for MicroLED as it is capable of offering brighter displays and deeper blacks similar to an OLED panel. But it does offer additional benefits like a higher pixel density and better durability while having a simple structure at the same time.
The display chip is roughly the size of a rice grain and measures only 2.4mm x 2.02mm. It has an individual pixel size of 4μm which helps with perfectly fitted placement of the display inside the glass frames. It should be noted this is a monochrome display as Xiaomi wanted to ensure that sufficient light reaches the eyes even in harsh direct sunlight conditions. The panel is said to reach a peak brightness of 2 million nits.
The Xiaomi Smart Glasses feature a 5-megapixel on the front that can be used for clicking photos. It can be also used for translating text written in photos. There is an indicator light to let others know if the user is clicking a pic. Another handy feature is that it can be used for transcribing audio into text with real-time translation support. It should be noted that is currently only in the conceptual stage and there is no concrete timeline for it becoming a reality.