OPPO has introduced the OPPO Air Glass aR (assisted Reality) device - which is equipped with a self-developed Spark Micro Projector, Micro LED, and a bespoke diffraction optical waveguide display - and supports four different user interactions through touch, voice, head movement, and hand motion, allowing users to have faster and easier access to the information they need.
"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 consumers," said Levin Liu, OPPO Vice President and Head of OPPO Research Institute. "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."
With a total weight of approximately 30g, this device is one of the lightest monocle waveguide devices in the industry and can be worn much like a pair of regular glasses. The lens is secured to a light and slim frame, which houses all the components, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality 2020-2030: Forecasts, Markets and Technologies.
The Spark Micro Projector is one of the most compact projection systems in the industry is merely 0.5cc, or roughly the size of a coffee bean. The projector features a CNC metal enclosure with a glass lens module to provide better heat dissipation and stability. The projector is powered by a Micro LED, which has a brightness of up to 3 million nits.
The device has a bespoke optical diffraction waveguide, supporting two display modes - 16-level grayscale and 256-level grayscale - and can deliver up to 1400 nits in average brightness, ensuring a sharp visual display in different lighting conditions.
The Air Glass is installed with a variety of applications, including Weather, Calendar, Health, Teleprompter, Translation, and Navigation. The translation function is a great help for cross-cultural communication. Once paired, voice input from one user will be automatically translated into target language texts, and then immediately displayed on the other user's Air Glass. Air Glass now supports Mandarin Chinese-English two-way translation, and Mandarin Chinese-Japanese and Mandarin Chinese-Korean will be offered soon in future.
Another innovative application of Air Glass is the Teleprompter, which allows an adaptive text display for presentations.
OPPO has also been working closely with Baidu to customize applications such as Baidu Walk & Bike Navigation and Explore Nearby. Through the Navigation, users can receive instructions for travel by foot or bike, while Explore Nearby can display information about nearby stores and other attractions based on a user's location and orientation.
OPPO Air Glass is due to launch in Q1 2022 in the Chinese Mainland market.
Source and top image: OPPO