2022 – Oppo plans to display two augmented reality glasses in California next month

Chinese phone maker Oppo is one of the brands under the BBK Electronics umbrella, along with OnePlus, Realme, Vivo and iQOO. OnePlus ships its phones within the US while other brands do not. Even Oppo, the world’s fourth largest smartphone brand after Samsung, Apple and Xiaomi, does not ship its phones to the US, although that could change.

Oppo announced last week that it will display augmented reality (AR) glasses (OPPO Air Glass and OPPO AR Glass) at the Augmented Reality Expo USA 2022. Android Headquarters, the event will be held June 1-3 in Santa Clara, California. Oppo announced Air Glass in China last December and the device was launched last January.

Oppo uses a single lens design for its Air Glass AR wearable

Unlike most AR glasses, the Air Glass is monocular with a single ear frame and displays data pulled from an Oppo phone at an average brightness of 1,400 nits. That’s brighter than 1,000 nits (1,200 nits max) of the iPhone 13 Pro Max. A small coffee bean-sized Spark Micro Projector projects images onto a microLED lens.

Oppo Air Glass is powered by the same Snapdragon 4100 chip used in some Wear OS smartwatches like the TicWatch Pro 3. The Snapdragon 4100+ was found in Fossil Gen 6 last September.

The Oppo AR Glass is a traditionally designed dual lens device. The device provides simultaneous language translation and 3D depth mapping. In order to use Air Tracked Gestures with Oppo Air Glass or Oppo AR Glass, the user must have an Oppo phone and Oppo Watch 2 nearby.

Since Oppo doesn’t sell its phones in North America, what’s the game plan there? One possibility is that the company is trying to bring its products to North America (after all, its subsidiary OnePlus does). In February 2019, Oppo has made some noise about selling its phones in the US. However, there was one market the company wanted to penetrate first.

Alen Wu, Oppo’s head of overseas business, said through an interpreter at the time that the company needed to cement its position in Europe before heading to America. Another possibility is that Oppo will showcase its augmented reality glasses in North America to attract more device developers before launching the pair in Europe, where the company sells the phones.

AR Glass and Air Glass from Oppo may work on non-Android phones

Another thing to keep in mind is that Oppo is using Snapdragon Spaces, an open platform for mixed reality (XR) that allows companies to develop augmented reality apps without having the basic tools required to do so. Since the platform uses Qualcomm’s mobile hardware, Opo’s Air Glass and AR Glass could theoretically work on non-Oppo-made Android devices with Snapdragon chipsets.

ÔÇťOur belief in the possibility of using augmented reality to create a new digital world entirely based on the real world has been the driving force behind our investment and research and development in AR technologies, including the development of core technology, applications, user interfaces and ecosystems,ÔÇŁ says Yi Xu, Director of XR Technology at Oppo. ,

Extended reality. Also known as AR, it superimposes data on top of a real image. For example, Google Maps Live View uses your phone’s rear camera system to display a real-world view of the area directly in front of you. Giant arrows will appear on the screen to show you which way to go to reach your goal. Live View also shows specific points of interest near you.

Among other Chinese companies that don’t sell their phones in the US or are banned from doing so, Xiaomi has discussed in the past selling its phones in the US. It is currently offering its own power bank and Mi Band fitness tracker to be introduced in the US. In 2016, this was said by former Google employee Hugo Barra, who was then working at Xiaomi The company will come to the US in the “near future”.

Unless Barra confuses the US and India, his comment – at least with regard to cell phones – never materialized.