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Xiaomi Unveils Their Own Smart Glasses

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The souped-up specs have features on par with a smartphone.

While multiple tech companies have taken experimental swings at the whole smart glasses thing over the years, none of them have managed to make them stick just yet. Whichever company does finally land on a design that meets the precarious balance of form, function, and affordability stands to make a lot of money, but for now, all we have are concepts. Today, Xiaomi has thrown their hat into the ring against the western giants like Facebook and Apple with their own smart glasses called, er, Smart Glasses.

Unlike some smart glasses concepts, Xiaomi’s Smart Glasses isn’t just for taking pictures. I mean, it totally can take pictures with a 5-megapixel camera, which can also be used to translate text on the fly, but it’s not just that. It can also send and read messages, make calls, and provide GPS navigation. Rather than acting as a peripheral to an existing smartphone like most smart displays, the Smart Glasses aim to be a device in and of themselves.

Under the hood, the Smart Glasses are packing a quad-core ARM processor running Android OS. Xiaomi has claimed to have developed a new kind of display framework that allows it to keep things compact without sacrificing too many features, with the only casualty being color images.

“The grating structure etched onto the inner surface of the lens allows light to be refracted in a unique way, directing it safely into the human eye,” Xiaomi explained in a press release. “The refraction process involves bouncing light beams countless times, allowing the human eye to see a complete image, and greatly increasing usability while wearing. All this is done inside a single lens, instead of using complicated multiples lens systems, mirrors, or half mirrors as some other products do.”

These high-tech frames are only a concept at the moment, more to prove that Xiaomi has the capacity to create such a device should the interest strike them.