Xiaomi has presented data glasses that allegedly could replace the smartphone. But don’t throw your handset in the trash just now as it will likely be some time away from a release.
The Chinese tech giant revealed the high-tech specs in a slick video (below) that was released on Monday, September 13th.
Weighing just 51 grams and made up of 497 separate components, Xiaomi’s Android-powered data glasses can display messages and notifications, make calls, navigate, take photos and translate text by displaying the required information on a 0.13-inch MicroLED -Display overlaid.
If you blink at the thought of reading the news or browsing photos on a display that Xiaomi describes as “smaller than a grain of rice”, you can be sure that the specially developed technology of the glasses will achieve a much larger display right in front of your eyes . The disadvantage, however, is that the device only offers a monochrome display due to the “complicated optical structures” (so probably not quite a smartphone replacement for most people).
In terms of looks, Xiaomi’s new device seems pretty similar to regular glasses at first glance. The 5 megapixel camera, for example, is neatly tucked away at the end of an arm, while its main technology – including a quad-core ARM processor, battery, touchpad, and Wi-Fi / Bluetooth modules – is hidden in and around it Rest of the device.
Xiaomi’s smart glasses certainly seem full of features and offer a design that many would love to sit on, but the apparent lack of even a working prototype makes them hard to get excited about at this point.
With the product not finished, it’s almost like Xiaomi’s announcement is an attempt to generate additional promotion for its tech event this week, which is expected to showcase a range of new phones and other products – in fact, the fact that it is happening roughly at the same time as another event from a slightly more prominent tech company, Xiaomi may have to fight hard for coverage in the days to come.
After Google’s failed attempt with Glass, a growing number of companies – including Huawei, Amazon, and Facebook – have cautiously entered the data glasses arena with their own interpretations of the futuristic product. But most of the current high tech specs either have limited functionality or need to be tied to a different device, which is an interesting proposition if you want to carry them on the go.
Xiaomi clearly envisions a more advanced product so hopefully at this week’s event it can offer additional information, including price and availability. We’ll keep you up to date.