Oppo’s Air Glass is Google Glass Minus the Privacy Worries


Oppo has introduced Air Glass, the closest we’ve seen to a consumer-focused Google Glass different since, properly, ever, as few made the hassle to interchange Glass after Google discontinued its good eyewear in 2015. Nonetheless, whereas Air Glass appears so much like Google Glass, it doesn’t have the characteristic that made it so controversial: A digital camera. This implies it doesn’t have the identical privateness considerations, however it additionally lacks the augmented actuality options that made Glass so distinctive. As a substitute, Oppo calls Air Glass “assisted actuality glasses,” and says they work like a head-up show (HUD).

Air Glass has a monocle design and will be worn with a half-frame, or as full-frame spectacles for individuals who require prescription lenses. The steel physique homes an Oppo-designed Micro LED projector the scale of a espresso bean, and contained in the dual-layer sapphire glass lens is a customized optical diffraction waveguide able to displaying colour and grayscale content material at as much as 1,400 nits brightness.

Don’t suppose Air Glass will make you look any much less geeky than Glass, although, because the design owes a lot to Google’s wearable, with the primary module connected to the arm of the frames, solely this time the show is correct in entrance of your eye as a substitute of being set simply outdoors your subject of view. The primary module can be removable, so it may be charged individually from the frames, which is wise for individuals who go for the prescription model. It’s managed utilizing gestures alongside the facet of the primary module, or through the use of contact or head actions, identical to Glass.

Curiously, Oppo has chosen Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 4100 processor to energy Air Glass. To this point, the chip has solely been seen in a handful of smartwatches, however it has at all times been pitched as being appropriate for all wearables. At simply 30 grams, Air Glass shouldn’t really feel too heavy to put on for lengthy intervals, however the battery is small, and Oppo says it should solely have about three hours of lively time, indicating it’ll want charging at the very least as soon as a day relying on how a lot the display is used.

What do you see when it’s on? It’s a text-based show and can present info associated to your calendar, the climate, and lists, together with navigation info when it’s linked to a smartphone, and stay well being knowledge when it’s linked to an Oppo Watch 2. There’s additionally a stay translation characteristic to translate Chinese language to English and vice versa, however this can solely work when it’s linked with Bluetooth to a different Air Glass.

The Oppo Air Glass is likely one of the merchandise launched throughout the firm’s Inno Day occasion, the place it reveals off cutting-edge know-how it has been engaged on just lately. For that reason, Air Glass is just not going to be broadly accessible instantly, with the primary restricted launch coming to China someday within the first three months of 2022.  The worth has not been introduced, and there’s no indication when Air Glass could also be launched internationally.

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