As part of its MWC 2023 showcase, Xiaomi has unveiled its third iteration of AR glasses. This time, it’s called the Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition. And while it looks to be the most refined version of the product, it looks like this is still a prototype which will not be found on shelves.
The company emphasises the word Wireless in the name, and it is not difficult to see why. According to XDA, the Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Editionm does not have any on-board storage, so it needs to be connected to another host device. This is done via a “proprietary low-latency communication link”, which is described as a combination of WiFi and Bluetooth. Though it does sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen1 chip that powers all its features.
The lenses of the Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition are electrochromic. In other words, while you have it on, you can turn them black so that you only see the virtual content and tune out the real world.
Behind the lenses are a pair of Micro-OLED screens that is described as “retina-level near-eye display”. All these run on a “self-developed silicon-oxygen anode battery” of unspecified capacity. The whole package weighs 126g, which the report notes is thanks to lightweight materials like carbon fibre and magnesium alloy used in its construction.
The promo video of the Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition that the company has shared shows that it works just about the way AR glasses have been imagined to. Gesture controls allows you to move and resize windows of what looks like a virtual desktop.
You can also use this to basically transfer what’s showing on a compatible TV to the glasses instead. In the same vein, you can use gesture controls to also interact with compatible IoT items, like turning of a nearby light.
Boasting a retina-level near-eye display for AR glasses, Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition delivers a truly immersive visual experience. Moreover, our self-developed Xiaomi AR Gesture Control empowers effortless control between virtual and real space. pic.twitter.com/EipqBWxkpW
— Lei Jun (@leijun) February 27, 2023
As mentioned earlier, the Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition is the company’s third prototype that it has publicly announced in the AR glasses space. The first was the simply named Smart Glasses which was unveiled back in 2021. This is followed up by the Mijia just under a year later. But like the other two, it looks like this one won’t be a consumer product that you can buy.
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