Today, Oppo held another of its annual INNO Day events where it discloses a bunch of new technologies and concepts. As usual, the company used the event to disclose new smart glasses, or at least, something that is part of this category. For the third year in a row, we have the Oppo Air Glass. It’s an Augmented Reality device that snaps onto specially-designed frames and uses a micro projector to overlay different kinds of information directly in front of your eyes. So you can make your regular glasses become smart glasses.
The Oppo Air Glass comes in White or Black colorways. It’s made of two parts – the frame, which houses the components. Under the hood, the AR device comes with Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform chipset and a lens. There is a monocular waveguide and a self-developed Spark Micro Projector that makes use of micro-LED technology. It projects information through the five elements of glass lenses.
The projector is among the most compact in the industry at just 0.5cc. The micro-LED technology allows the projector to reach high brightness levels despite its tiny size. Furthermore, Oppo’s Air Glass has a custom-made optical diffraction waveguide with two display modes. There is a 16-level greyscale and 256-level grayscale. It can deliver up to 1,400 nits in average brightness so that the information remains visible in indifferent lighting conditions.
There is a wide variety of control modes for the Oppo Air Glass
You can also control what’s overlaid through the Air Glass. The “wearable” supports touch, voice, hand motion, or head movements. Worth noting that hand motion requires an Oppo Watch 2 smartwatch. You can perform a nod or simply shake your head to open and close notifications. However, this may not be something comfortable for doing all the time. So it’s good to have a good range of command inputs.
Oppo Air Glass can show a variety of applications, like Weather, Calendar, Health, Navigation, or Teleprompter. It allows you to do a presentation practically anywhere. There is also a translation function built-in. It enables cross-cultural communication between two people wearing Air Glass. For instance, it supports Mandarin Chinese and English two-way translation. It will be available out of the box. Mandarin Chinese – Japanese will come at a later point.
The Oppo Air Glass will launch in China in the first quarter of 2022. The wearable will be available in White or Black colors with a choice of two frames. There is a silver half-frame and a black full-frame. The latter is better suited for people that need corrective eyewear.
Worth noting that Air Glass will require the Smart Glass App, which is available on the Oppo Watch 2 and any Oppo smartphone, running ColorOS 11 or above.