The technological battle is likely to take place in the coming years in connected glasses. After the announcement of Google Glass and Oppo Air Glass, which Les Numériques tested for you, it is Xiaomi’s turn to offer its concept of connected glasses, the Mijia Glass Camera. A promising project, in the drawers since 2021, but far from perfect.
A wealth of features
Xiaomi presents its augmented reality glasses as the perfect companion for everyday life. For this he relies on cameras to capture any moment, with a zoom to increase the possibilities. But the real added value of Mijia Glass lies in the presence of a screen. Among other things, it is on this that the instant translation service will be displayed using the same system as Google. The device is currently reserved for the Chinese market, only English and Chinese are considered for this feature. In addition, a system for recognizing animals and plants will be interesting for the most curious. Finally, the MicroLED screen can also show GPS instructions in augmented reality, as a head-up display for pedestrians or cyclists.
To achieve its goals, Xiaomi had to give up its dream of offering glasses that fit in with the masses. Its Mijia Glass will clearly not go unnoticed in everyday life. In order to accommodate all the technology necessary for its glasses to work properly, Xiaomi had no choice but to choose a fairly thick frame, installing different and varied devices on each of the branches.
On the right, there is a MicroLED screen designed by Sony, thanks to which the various information in augmented reality can be displayed. MicroLED differs from OLED technology by its thinness and increased durability, but also by self-emitting diodes with a lifespan of 100,000 hours. The display boasts a maximum brightness of up to 3,000 nits with a pixel density of 3,281 ppi.
On the left, there is a dual photo sensor, which will make it possible to capture the surrounding environment. The device consists of a 50-megapixel main sensor and an 8-megapixel periscopic telephoto lens with optical stabilization (OIS) and 5x optical or 15x hybrid zoom. A whole device that allows the user of the Mijia Glass Camera to take photos and videos, knowing that the files can be transferred to the phone, of course via a companion application. Xiaomi has chosen to integrate a small diode next to the lenses to indicate that they are filming and to avoid possible misuse.
In addition, there is also an 8-core Snapdragon SoC, accompanied by 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, as well as a 1020 mAh battery, which according to Xiaomi would allow continuous recording for 100 minutes on a single charge. Recharging, it is intended to be fast, as the recharging technology (still only 10W) makes it possible to recover 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes. Good point, despite all these accessories, the Mijia glass camera weighs only 100 grams.
A product that will be financed through crowdfunding
The Mijia glass cameras are still far from being on the shelves, especially in France. Xiaomi has launched a crowdfunding program on the manufacturer’s online store, Xiaomi Youpin. Only one condition to participate: residence in China. To register and hope to receive your glasses, you need to pay 2,499 yuan, or approximately 360 euros. And for those who have not taken advantage of the special price within the framework of this fundraising campaign, the brand will make it possible to get the AR glasses for 2,699 yuan, or approximately 390 euros. No information about marketing outside of Chinese borders has been filtered.