Oppo has unveiled an aR device called Air Glass. But wait, here aR doesn’t stand for Augmented Reality, rather it’s Assisted Reality. This new pair of specs is capable of projecting 2D monochrome output like notifications, directions, teleprompter, etc in front of your eyes. So, this is a slightly different, albeit not groundbreaking take on the whole smart glass concept. While the market is pining for a 3D immersive experience, the Chinese brand goes for an approach resembling something like Google Glass.
Now, that doesn’t discount the tech in work or the utility the thing could offer. So, let’s understand it better.
Oppo Air Glass Specs
- Display: Micro LED with up to 3 million nits peak brightness, or up to 1,400 nits in regular use; Spark Micro Projector; Sapphire Crystal protection
- Processor: Snapdragon Wear 4100
- Software: ColorOS 11 or later
- Battery Life: 3 hours of continous use and 40 hours on standby
- Weight: 30 grams
- Misc: Speaker, Mic
- Color variants: Black full-frame and Silver half-frame
Oppo Air Glass: How it works
Oppo’s Air Glass is a monocle, which means it is single-glass for one eye usage. However, it can be affixed to your own spectacles thanks to the magnets present within the frame.
Now, onto this 5-lens display which works by the principle of a waveguide and optical data from the Spark Micro Projector’s micro LEDs. This information will be presented in 16-level as well as 256-level grayscale with up to 1400 cd/m2 of luminance. This screen comes shielded by sapphire crystal glass against scratch.
The various data that Air Glass supports are navigation routes, teleprompter, live translation, phone notification sync over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and attending calls via the built-in speaker and dual-microphone setup. The underlying software is ColorOS 11 or above and the processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 SoC.
Oppo Air Glass: Price and Availability
Oppo will be releasing the Air Glass in Black (full-frame) and Silver (half-frame) colors and two different sizes. It will have limited availability in mainland China in Q1 2022. The company is yet to reveal the pricing details.
In related news, the company has also showcased a retractable camera phone, Air-to-air charging tech, and MariSilicon X NPU sandboxed platform for photo and video processing.