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Xiaomi debuts concept smart glasses that take photos, display notifications and have AR capabilities

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Xiaomi debuted the smart glasses concept on Tuesday, just five days after Facebook and Ray-Ban announced their model.

The Chinese electronics company has released a teaser video featuring sleek black glasses designed with a total of 497 components, including miniature sensors and communication modules, making the device more than “just a second screen,” the company says.

Users can take photos at the touch of a button, see notifications in the lenses, and display AR images over real world views.

However, Xiaomi has not yet announced a launch date or price for their smart glasses.

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Xiaomi debuted the smart glasses concept on Tuesday

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Many tech companies are working to be the first to bring futuristic smart glasses to market — and they’re all striving to succeed where the first device, made by Google, failed.

Google released its Google Glass in 2014, but the device fell flat with consumers because the makers failed because the makers failed to define and validate the users and what it was solving for them.

Snapchat parent company Snap also released its own smart glasses called Spectacles in 2016, but it was never really picked up by consumers.

The Chinese electronics company has released a teaser video featuring sleek black glasses designed with a total of 497 components, including miniature sensors and communication modules, making the device more than

The Chinese electronics company has released a teaser video featuring sleek black glasses designed with a total of 497 components, including miniature sensors and communication modules, making the device more than “just a second screen,” the company says.

Users can take photos at the touch of a button, see notifications in the lenses and display AR images over real world views

Users can take photos at the touch of a button, see notifications in the lenses and display AR images over real world views

Companies seem to have learned from the missteps of others and are designing smart glasses that could be widely accepted by the public.

Xiamoi’s pair are designed to look like regular glasses but are packed with components that allow users to perform a range of tasks.

Weighing just an ounce, Xiaomi Smart Glasses display messages and notifications, make calls, navigate, take photos and translate text directly onto lenses.

The glasses feature a MicroLED system which, compared to OLED, has a ‘higher pixel density and longer life with a simpler structure’.

According to Xiaomi, MicroLED “allows for a more compact screen, as well as easier screen integration.”

The camera is located in the right corner of the goggles, which the user presses a small button on the side to take a photo that is instantly uploaded to their paired smartphone

The camera is located in the right corner of the goggles, which the user presses a small button on the side to take a photo that is instantly uploaded to their paired smartphone

What really sets Xiaomi's innovation of Facebook's smart Ray Bans apart is that the glasses include AR capabilities, which can provide wearers with a range of information superimposed over the real world.

What really sets Xiaomi’s innovation of Facebook’s smart Ray Bans apart is that the glasses include AR capabilities, which can provide wearers with a range of information superimposed over the real world.

Graphic shows the features included in Xiaomi's smart glasses versus what the Facebook pair offers users

Graphic shows the features included in Xiaomi’s smart glasses versus what the Facebook pair offers users

“Under a microscope, the screen is about the size of a grain of rice, with individual pixels measuring 4 m – allowing the screen to fit perfectly into the frame of the glasses,” Xiaomi shared in a statement. press release.

“In order to allow enough light to pass through complicated optical structures before it reaches the eye, even in bright direct sunlight, we opted for an ultra-efficient monochrome display solution, which can achieve a peak brightness of 2 million nits.”

The camera is located in the right corner of the goggles, which the user presses a small button on the side to take a photo that is instantly uploaded to their paired smartphone.

The glasses also include a microphone for making calls and speakers so they can hear the person on the other end.

What really sets Xiaomi’s innovation apart from Facebook’s smart Ray Bans is that the glasses include AR capabilities, which can provide wearers with a range of information superimposed over the real world.

However, Facebook has revealed that its smart glasses will cost $299, confirming that the device will hit the market.  Facebook described the Ray-Ban Stories product as a way to seamlessly capture, share and listen to your most authentic moments

However, Facebook has revealed that its smart glasses will cost $299, confirming that the device will hit the market. Facebook described the Ray-Ban Stories product as a way to seamlessly capture, share and listen to your most authentic moments

The social media giant partnered with EssilorLuxottica, Ray-Ban's parent company.

The social media giant partnered with EssilorLuxottica, Ray-Ban’s parent company.

RAY-BAN STORIES: FACEBOOK-POWERED SMART SPECS

Ray-Ban teamed up with Facebook to create smart specs based on their existing range of eyewear frames.

They are available in Wayfarer, Meteor and Round variants.

The new technology adds a pair of cameras, a speaker, and a microphone array to the frame.

Unlike true “smart glasses” that can share video directly or let you watch content from the web in your field of view, these record audio and video for sharing via a companion app.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 50g (1.7oz)
  • Camera: Dual 5MP
  • Sound: Open ear speaker
  • Microphone: Triple Array
  • Companion App: Facebook view
  • Price: From £299 ($299)
  • Manufacturer: Ray-Ban/Facebook
  • Available: September 9th

However, Facebook has revealed that its smart glasses will cost $299, confirming that the device will hit the market.

Facebook described the Ray-Ban Stories product as a way to seamlessly capture, share and listen to your most authentic moments.

The social media giant partnered with EssilorLuxottica, Ray-Ban’s parent company.

“Ray-Ban Stories is designed to help people live in the moment and stay connected with the people they’re with and the people they’d like to be with,” said Andrew Bosworth, VP, Facebook Reality Labs.

“EssilorLuxottica has been nothing short of amazing in this partnership and their commitment to excellence has enabled us to deliver both style and substance in a way that redefines the expectations of smart eyewear.

“We’re introducing a whole new way for people to stay connected to the world around them and really be present in life’s most important moments, while looking good at the same time.”

Featuring a Snapdragon processor, the glasses weigh just 50g (1.7oz) – about 5g (0.17oz) more than standard Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses.

In addition to cameras mounted on the top corners of frames, designed to mimic the human eye, they include a three-microphone array to “deliver rich voice and sound transmission for calls and videos.”

The new glasses work like a remote version of the camera already in a smartphone, with recorded video and photos shared via a smartphone app.

They will be available as sunglasses, prescription, polarized, gradient, transition and clear lenses.

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