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Oppo Unveils Air Glass, Elaborate Vision for future smart glasses

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OPPO officially unveiled the OPPO Air Glass at INNO Day 2021. The groundbreaking aR (assisted Reality) device – which is equipped with OPPO’s self-developed Spark Micro Projector, cutting-edge Micro LED, and a bespoke diffraction optical waveguide display – 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 the OPPO Research Institute. As its futuristic design suggests, OPPO Air Glass is set to revolutionise 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. “

OPPO Air Glass is built around a groundbreaking monocle waveguide design. Based on OPPO’s distinctive design philosophy, Air Glass features free-flowing curves that give birth to its lightweight and minimalist appearance. With a total weight of approximately 30g, OPPO Air Glass is one of the lightest monocle waveguide devices in the industry and can be worn much like a pair of regular glasses.

The design of the main body takes its inspiration from feathers: it is light, sleek, and curved, with a touchbar that resembles an elegant feather shaft. The design of the monocular waveguide lens, on the other hand, is inspired by the wings of the cicada, breaking away from the conventional confines of rounded or rounded rectangular lenses on glasses. The lens is secured to a light and slim frame, which houses all the components, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform.

The frame of OPPO Air Glass is manufactured with CNC technology, imparting the design with a touch of exquisiteness and precision. OPPO Air Glass’s unique and eye-catching design makes it a stylish tech accessory for daily wear, even when you are not actually using it. 

The self-developed Spark Micro Projector, finished with cutting-edge Micro LED and five high-transparency glass lenses, delivers an avant-garde aR experience.

By integrating OPPO’s very own Micro Projector, advanced Micro LED, and custom waveguide technology, OPPO Air Glass delivers bright and sharp content whether worn indoors or outdoors, guaranteeing a superior AR experience at all times.

Oppo Air Glass
Oppo’s Air Glass displaying weather in the Chinese city of Nanshan.
Oppo/Screenshot by SmarttechVillas (Philip Dino)

At the heart of the OPPO Air Glass display system is OPPO’s self-developed Spark Micro Projector, one of the most compact projection systems in the industry at 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 cutting-edge Micro LED, which has a brightness of up to 3 million nits.

OPPO Air Glass adopts a bespoke optical diffraction waveguide, supporting two display modes – 16-level grayscale and 256-level grayscale – and can deliver up to 1400 nits of average brightness, ensuring a vivid and sharp visual display in different lighting conditions. Additionally, two layers of sapphire glass are used to encase the waveguide on both sides, providing protection with improved transparency. 

OPPO Air Glass is designed to be as accessible to as many people as possible, including users with refractive errors such as myopia and hypermetropia. The glasses are available in two different types of frames: a silver half-frame and a black full-frame that can better accommodate users who require corrective eyewear. Both colours are available in two sizes. 

Unrestrained sense of control with four methods of interaction

OPPO Air Glass can be operated using the Smart Glass App on the OPPO Watch 2 and any OPPO smartphone installed with ColorOS 11 or above versions. It also supports four intuitive methods of interaction: touch, voice, hand motions, and head movements.

When Air Glass is paired with an OPPO Watch 2, users can also use hand movements to confirm, cancel, and switch application cards. Moreover, for a whole new way of interaction, head movements can be recognized by Air Glass. For example, gently nodding or shaking the head can open and close notifications, respectively.

Developing diverse applications together with industry partners 

OPPO Air Glass is installed with a variety of applications, including those developed by OPPO. These include weather, calendar, health, teleprompter, translation, and navigation.

The translation tool is a huge help for cross-cultural communication. Once connected, voice input from one user will be instantly translated into target language texts, and then instantaneously shown on the other user’s Air Glass. Air Glass currently offers Mandarin Chinese-English two-way translation, and Mandarin Chinese-Japanese and Mandarin Chinese-Korean will be offered shortly in the future.

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Another creative application of Air Glass is the Teleprompter, which provides an adjustable text display to make your presentation at work or in public a breeze.

OPPO has also been working closely with Baidu to customize programmes such as Baidu Walk & Bike Navigation and Explore Nearby for OPPO Air Glass. Through the navigation, users may obtain guidance for travel by foot or bike, while Explore Local can display information about nearby retailers and other attractions based on a user’s position and orientation.

Oppo Air Glass Availability

OPPO Air Glass is anticipated to launch in Q1 2022 in the Chinese Mainland market. The gadget will be offered in two colours: black or white, along with two bespoke frame accessories.

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Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 6 years before starting up Smartcoretech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, thescoove.africa etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Manager for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present

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