Oppo, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, have once again thrown their hat in the AR wearables ring; unveiling concept art and details about their new AR glasses currently in development.
Developing smart glasses is tricky business, and it currentlyhas a lot of tech giants stumped. But now, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo have once again thrown their hat in the AR ring. Earlier this week - during the second annual Inno Day in Shenzen, China - Oppo announced their next attempt at a wearable AR device.
The device, known as Oppo AR Glass 2021, is said to be "nearly 75% lighter than its predecessor," a weight reduction mostly accounted for by the shift from on-boarding to Smartphone tethering.
Like AR glasses being developed by Nreal, who have recently received a further $40 million in funding, the Oppo AR Glass 2021 will depend on Smartphone tethering for the device's computing power. Luckily for Oppo, they already have phones out more than capable of doing the job, like their most powerful: the Oppo Find X2 Pro.
Oppo claim the device will also feature time-of-flight (ToF) sensors and utilise simultaneous localising and mapping (SLAM) algorithms, meaning that the AR glasses will be especially good at measuring distances. According to Oppo's chief 5G scientist Henry Tang:
AR Glass 2021 enables accuracy within centimeters through use of technologies such as its ToF camera, binocular fisheye cameras and spatial localization calculations. It can also perform local mapping calculations in milliseconds.
Imagine, just looking at something and knowing immediately how far away it is - now that's something! The device is also said to have gesture control and a "birdbath optical solution":
Although all we've seen so far is just an concept demo, I'm going to be enthusiastically keeping an eye out for further updates from Oppo. And even better, Henry Tang also gave us an idea of what it'll look like to wear the Oppo AR Glass 2021:
Are you excited to see what the finished product ends up looking like? Perhaps we're in for a whole new era of AR integration in areas like shopping and sports.
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