Xiaomi has just presented the Mijia Glass Camera, glasses for augmented reality. Thanks to a Sony MicroLED screen and an on-board camera, they are able to help the user in daily life tasks. Above all, they can translate text in real time. Xiaomi offers the accessory through a crowdfunding program in China.
Xiaomi has just lifted the veil on the Mijia Glass Camera. Reserved for the Chinese market, these connected glasses rely on augmented reality. Clearly, the glasses can display virtual elements in front of the eyes of the wearer, such as Google Glass, Oppo Air Glass or future Apple Glass. It’s not just an accessory with a camera, like Meta’s Ray-Ban Stories.
For the record, the Chinese brand has already mentioned its AR glasses (for Augmented Reality) in September 2021. Xiaomi had unveiled an impressive concept highlighting the features of the accessory. The firm did not mention a release date at the time.
Real-time translation, MicroLED screen and dual photo sensor
Note that the product offered in July 2022 is well different from last year’s concept. The design of connected glasses has evolved considerably. Gone is the minimalist look like ordinary glasses. Xiaomi is betting on a design very close to Google Glass. On each side of the glasses, we can see a bulky device. Like Google Glass, they will hardly go unnoticed in everyday life.
On the right, Xiaomi places a MicroLED screen provided by Sony. It is thanks to this panel that the glasses will be able to display augmented reality content. The display boasts a peak brightness of up to 3,000 nits with a pixel density of 3,281 ppi. Even finer and more durable than OLED, MicroLED technology is distinguished by self-emitting diodes with a lifespan of 100,000 hours.
On the left we find a dual photo sensor. This device is made up of a 50-megapixel main sensor and an 8-megapixel periscopic telephoto lens with optical stabilization (OIS) and 5x optical or 15x hybrid zoom. The user can take photos, or record videos, and automatically transfer them to their smartphone. Unsurprisingly, the glasses must be connected to the phone through a companion app.
To prevent abuse, Xiaomi announces that it has added LED light to his connected glasses. This light indicates when a person is filming or taking photos. Meta (ex-Facebook) has added a similar precaution to the Ray-Ban Stories to prevent the glasses from being used to spy on others.
Despite the paraphernalia set by Xiaomi, the smartglasses weigh only one hundred grams. For the rest, the technical sheet is made up of an 8-core Snapdragon SoC, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Autonomy is entrusted to a 1020 mAh battery. Xiaomi assures that it is possible to shoot continuously for 100 minutes on a single charge. The battery also incorporates a 10W fast charging technology which allows you to recover 80% autonomy in 30 minutes.
The Mijia Glass Camera stand out above all thanks to a real-time translation tool. Thanks to the cameras, they can instantly translate elements written in a foreign language, such as a restaurant menu or road signs. The translation is displayed directly in front of the wearer’s eyes. This system works like the Google Translate camera option. Just look at a text for the translation to appear. For the moment, Chinese and English are the only two compatible languages.
As a reminder, some Google Glass are also equipped with an instant translation system. During the Google I/O conference in May 2022, the Mountain View giant indeed lifted the veil on a prototype that embeds an artificial intelligence capable of switching from one language to another. But, unlike Xiaomi’s glasses, this prototype can translate voice conversations through microphones. The translated conversation is then displayed in augmented reality.
Xiaomi’s glasses are also equipped with a plant and animal recognition system. Finally, the MicroLED screen can display GPS instructions in augmented realitylike an arrow indicating which street to turn to, or gardening or cooking tips.
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A crowdfunding program
Mijia Glass Cameras are exclusively available through a crowdfunding program on Xiaomi Youpin, the group’s online store. The program is open to all buyers residing in China.
Xiaomi will offer the glasses at a starting price of 2,699 yuan, or approximately 390 euros. As part of the financing program, the brand makes it possible to obtain the AR glasses for 2,499 yuan, or approximately 360 euros. Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi hasn’t said if the glasses will eventually land in the rest of the world.