OPPO Air Glass experience: the smart glasses closest to consumers, light and light

Today, "smart glasses" do not seem to have formed a unified standard.

When we talk about smart glasses, most people will subconsciously have two types of smart glasses. The first is Google Glass, which is majority smart glasses enlightenment, was the geek must-have item, and now the scene change, come and go in enterprise scenarios. The other is to thicken the temples, hide the battery and sensor, and become a simple accessory for smartphones in the form of traditional glasses.

Before there is a definite answer to the shape of smart glasses, thinking and practice are essential, and copying homework can't copy the future.

OPPO has just released a new generation of smart glasses, and put forward four essential feature elements: beautiful, light, universal, and practical.

How good is this thinking and practice?

30g as light as a feather, 1.3mm as thin as a cicada wing

It is not difficult to see from the "Air" in the naming that lightweight is the main thrust of the product form throughout the overall design of OPPO Air Glass. If you want to ask what can best represent lightness, the answer given by the OPPO team this time is "feather".

In order to be light, OPPO Air Glass adopts a "monocular split type" design. The main unit is composed of a single-sided lens and a single-sided temple.

The body part of the temples is inspired by "feathers" and looks like a "flying feather" from the side. The silver touch bar is like the axis of a feather, and it is also an extension of the eyepiece, allowing users to just raise their hands and rely on the sense of touch. You can easily find the touch area, which is in line with your intuition.

The straight lines and right angles that are commonly used in mobile phones, tablets and computers, once attached to glasses, will inevitably bring about an alarming "intrusion". Therefore, wearable devices need more curves.

OPPO Air Glass’s design and application of curves is in the same line as OPPO’s flagship mobile phone Find X series. The integrated CNC technology makes its overall body smooth, smooth, and integrated, which can be integrated into life scenes and dress collocations.

The design of the lens is inspired by the wings of a cicada, combined with a gradual screen printing process, to bring a lighter visual effect. Both the inside and outside of the lens are laminated with high-strength sapphire glass, which is strong and scratch-resistant, and can bring a long-lasting clear vision like new.

The touch bar on the temple supports operations such as clicking the button, double-clicking, long-pressing, sliding back and forth, etc., so as to provide instructions such as confirming, canceling, awakening the smart assistant, and switching application cards. The interaction is not only natural, but the response to touch operations is also very fast.

After the iterative upgrade, OPPO reconsidered the limited internal space design, and stacked optical machines, PCB motherboards, chips, touch controls, batteries, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas, and dual Key components such as MIC and speakers, and the core of the hardware is driven by the Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform.

The demand for lightness and thinness must be solved by miniaturization. OPPO Air Glass introduces OPPO's self-designed optical engine, that is, special specifications are customized for the diffractive optical waveguide in the projector and the lens.

OPPO first re-customized the specifications of the Micro LED screen, and this Micro LED supports up to 256 grayscale display, which is 16 times that of the conventional Micro LED. The second is to compress the volume of the optical machine to 0.5cc, which is similar to the volume of a coffee bean. Reshape the optical and structural design on the premise of miniaturization.

Based on the appearance and optical characteristics, the lens adopts customized diffractive optical waveguide technology, which is 75% lighter than before and weighs only 6.6g.

The gradient lens with a thickness of only 1.3mm can not only minimize the field of vision occlusion, but also prevent the display light from being refracted outwards, which solves the contradiction between the previous smart glasses "wearing light and displaying high-definition", and the visual field is still very clear. .

The visual field of view simulated by the naked eye under the wide-angle lens

Only at a certain angle can some traces of optical waveguide diffraction be seen.

It is a pity that the extremely integrated body can no longer accommodate a brightness sensor, so currently the screen brightness of OPPO Air Glass cannot be adjusted automatically, and can only be adjusted manually in the mobile App.

After a series of delicate stacking of internal components, OPPO Air Glass controls the overall weight to 30g, which is similar to the weight of a pair of mainstream sunglasses.

In addition, an open speaker is placed at the end of the temple, which is just close to the user's right ear when worn.

Build a smart glasses, and then make it suitable for everyone

In addition to lightweight, the second service item of "Monocular Split Design" is to give OPPO Air Glass universal characteristics, making it suitable for everyone to wear.

OPPO Air Glass complete set of accessories at a glance

When wearing OPPO Air Glass, you need to match it with a customized frame. For user groups with normal vision and who need to wear vision correction glasses, OPPO provides half-frame and full-frame design frames. The full-rim frame can be adapted to different refractive lenses according to the needs, and the half-rim frame in our hands is a design with no lenses at all.

The two frames have also been tested for human factors and ergonomics, and can be adapted to different head shapes. For me, just a little adjustment of the nose pads of the half-rim frames can be used firmly.

The metal parts in the nose pads have a monogram pattern composed of O and P letters

There is a monogram pattern composed of O and P letters in the magnetic plane

Both sides of the frame are equipped with a magnetic surface, so that OPPO Air Glass can be attached to the side of the frame.

Therefore, the order of wearing should be to put on the frame first, and then pick up the OPPO Air Glass to attach it to the frame.

There is no need to worry about the stability after adsorption. OPPO Air Glass can be tightly adhered to the frame under normal walking or even violent head shaking.

The overall wearing feeling is comfortable and natural. Because OPPO Air Glass is mainly attached to the frame, and the design of the frame is similar to our mainstream glasses, even if you feel the presence of OPPO Air Glass hardware externally, the whole pair of glasses will not bring obvious foreign body feeling.

Taking into account the weight of the main body of 30g, it will not cause too much pressure on the nose and ears, and it will not feel cumbersome to wear for a long time.

The small and round body is almost integrated with the temples, and it looks more natural after wearing. Only the single-lens design occasionally reminds me of the combat effectiveness detector from the comic book "Dragon Ball".

In addition to the frame, the other most important accessory of OPPO Air Glass is its "accompanying charging stand."

There are also four contacts on the charging stand for magnetic connection with the side contacts of the OPPO Air Glass. After the magnet is attracted, the OPPO Air Glass body will be charged. It is worth mentioning that a battery is also built in the charging box, which can replenish the OPPO Air Glass during the movement.

From the use of logic, the relationship between this portable charging stand and OPPO Air Glass is like the relationship between AirPods and the charging box. It is both a storage box and a charging base. Take it out when in use and put it back in the box and charge it when it is not in use.

In terms of battery life, OPPO Air Glass can provide up to 3 hours of single use after fully charged. With the portable charging base, it can achieve up to 10.5 hours of battery life.

At present, OPPO Air Glass only occupies the space on the right side of the frame, and the magnetic plane on the left side of the frame is reserved for other modular components for loading. At INNO DAY 2021, Liu Chang, Dean of OPPO Research Institute, also said that more modular components that fit this glasses will be launched in the future.

The third screen of mankind, OPPO wants to start popularization from aR assisted reality

Augmented Reality (AR, Augmented Reality) is considered to be one of the important ways to enter the twin world, and it is also the most important application scenario for smart glasses.

In OPPO's eyes, smart glasses should become the "third screen" of mankind after mobile phones and smart watches in the future. This is the driving force behind OPPO's continued deployment in the field of smart glasses. But this time in the introduction of OPPO Air Glass, aR composed of lowercase a and uppercase R is used as the definition description of the product.

Obviously, this aR is not that AR. OPPO believes that the current consumer AR can be realized in the form of aR assisted reality (assisted Reality).

The auxiliary reality setting undoubtedly lowers the hardware and functional threshold of OPPO Air Glass. But it is precisely based on this that this pair of glasses can take the lead into reality with a light and elegant posture, while satisfying the four characteristic elements of beauty, lightness, universality and practicality.

Just like OPPO Find N's attempt to promote folding screen phones "from early adopters to common use", OPPO Air Glass can also be regarded as a big step for OPPO to try to popularize smart glasses: changing smart glasses from a "toy" nature to an "assistance tool" Nature.

That is, light and light: light body, light and smart.

On INNO DAY 2021, OPPO also gives the release date of the node OPPO Air Glass: Surprise trial conducted in February 2022, the spring of 2022 for the Chinese market for sale.

Knowing is easy and doing is hard, this may be the smart glasses product closest to consumers, and it is obviously not powerful enough compared with smart phones. But compared to a distant concept machine or PPT products, the introduction of these smart glasses at this point in time, for OPPO, it is not a high input-output ratio of thing, but for the industry, how much it has to The light posture means breaking the ice.

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