24 December 2021
Oppo has showcased a new pair of smart glasses called Oppo Air Glass at the ongoing Inno Day 2021. It is describing the wearable as an "assisted reality" (aR) product instead of augmented reality. This is because these glasses will not cut off users from the real world and will not take them into any kind of virtual space. Their purpose is only to deliver relevant information in front of the users' eyes without disrupting what is going on around them.
The Oppo Air Glass is available in two frame options, a Silver half-frame and a Black full-frame. While the frame can be worn as it is, it can also be attached to your existing eyewear through the magnets on the side. The glass features a micro-LED display for showing information and Oppo's Spark Micro Projector to project that information. It is claimed to be one of the smallest projectors in the world and is said to be comparable to the size of a coffee bean.
These glasses can show a wide range of information like weather, calendar invites, navigation, and health stats. It can even be used as a teleprompter while giving presentations. It supports real-time translation but that is currently limited between Mandarin Chinese and English. Oppo says it will expand support to Japanese and Korean next year.
If you are wondering how you will be able to interact, there are four ways: Touch, Voice commands, Head movements, and Hand gestures. There is also a companion Smart Glasses app that can be installed on an Oppo smartphone running at least ColorOS 11. The app is also available for the Oppo Watch 2.
The Oppo Air Glass is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor. The glasses have two display modes to choose from 16-level grayscale and 256-level grayscale. The panel is capable of offering up to 1,400 nits of peak brightness. These will be available in Black and White color options. The pricing details are missing but they will launch in limited quantities during Q1 2022 in China. It is unknown whether we will get to see a global launch later.
Levin Liu, VP of Oppo and Head of Oppo Research Institute said.
"OPPO has been exploring the possibilities of Extended Reality (XR) for a long time, and with Air Glass, we have finally created a smart glass product that is truly within the reach of. As its futuristic design suggests, OPPO Air Glass is set to revolutionize the way we view and consume information. The easy-to-use display can present key messages we need right in front of our eyes. With OPPO Air Glass, the world will never look the same again."