Xiaomi announced its latest augmented reality (AR) technology innovation at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023 in Barcelona. The Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition is a wireless headset prototype that can connect to any smartphone and offer immersive AR experiences.
The device weighs only 126g and features a carbon fibre and magnesium-lithium alloy body for durability and comfort. It is powered by the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 Platform, which supports high-performance computing and graphics for AR applications. It also uses Xiaomi’s proprietary low-latency communication link, which reduces lag to less than 50ms.
The highlight of the Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition is its “retina-level” display, which boasts 58 pixels per degree (PPD), almost matching the human eye’s resolution. The device can project realistic virtual images onto the real world, such as navigation maps, social media notifications, games, etc.
The device also supports Xiaomi’s AR gesture control system, which allows users to interact with virtual objects using hand gestures. Additionally, it has electrochromic lenses that can change transparency and switch between the virtual and real worlds.
Xiaomi has partnered with Garmin to provide an emergency call service via satellite for users who are in remote areas with no internet connection. Users can send their location and distress signals to Garmin Response using voice commands or gestures.
Xiaomi claims that its wireless AR glasses are ahead of Apple’s rumoured AR headset, which is expected to launch later this year. Apple’s device is said to have up to 15 sensors and a sleek design, but it may require a cable connection to an iPhone.
The Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition is a concept device for developers and enthusiasts. The company has not revealed when it will be available for consumers or how much it will cost.