The prototype of Apple Glasses is top secret, but Oppo Air Glass may be soon

While it’s possible that only a few people inside Apple Park have seen a prototype of Apple’s glasses, I can’t help feeling that the Oppo Air Glass gives us some kind of sneak preview of the potential state of play.

It still looks far from the final product, but at the same time it’s a lot closer to the sterile mixed reality headset type of glasses product we’d expect to see first. I also think Oppo may be on the right track with one particular aspect of the design…

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It is believed that Apple has short, medium and long-term goals in this area.

The first product we expect to see is the Apple Mixed Reality headset. This will likely look a lot like virtual reality (VR) headsets today, but with external cameras incorporating augmented reality (AR) content. Meta, a Facebook parent, is believed to be running on a similar device.

It has been reported that the Apple Headset team has presented the device to the company’s board of directors, which means that it has reached an advanced stage of development.

[The report] He said Apple is working on augmented reality versions of core iPhone apps for use on a headset as well as new apps that “will handle tasks like streaming immersive content and holding virtual meetings.”

The first iteration of the headset is expected to be a bulky and relatively expensive device, featuring high-resolution screens, a powerful chip, and high-end sensors. Some previous reports have installed the headset at a price well above $1,000. It may primarily target enthusiasts and the developer community.

The upcoming version will likely be a more expensive, and potentially more compact, version of the same thing.

According to Kuo, Apple’s second generation AR/VR headset is expected to come in two different models. The first would be an upgrade to a first-generation headphone with better hardware and the other would be a more affordable model.

Apple’s long-term goal is thought to be something commonly referred to as Apple glasses. This describes a device that looks a lot like traditional eyeglasses, but is capable of overlaying AR content. This concept was first realized in the ill-fated Google Glass.

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Oppo first announced its Air Glass device before the end of the year only for China, but the edge You have now got to try it.

Instead of being permanently installed in a pair of glass, Air Glass offers a two-piece design. The system described above has a shallow magnetic gap very similar to an Apple MagSafe port about halfway along the stem. To use it, you can place a pair of specially designed metal eyeglass frames that have a matching magnetic protrusion on the temples. The frames are regular glasses but they fit the lens system along the right side, and you have an AR monocular that looks like Google Glass […]

When you pair the Air Glass over Bluetooth with your Oppo phone (again, in China only), you’ll get a green vertical display that covers a small but significant portion of your vision — for me, about the size of a palm I hold a foot of my right eye. The default overlay looks like something a cyborg assassin would use in the dystopian future of 1995, but in mostly a good way: It’s high-contrast, reasonably visible in everything but bright sunlight, and avoids feeling like a way-washed phone screen. Some full-color AR screens do just that […]

Low-tech magnetic parts blend into the frames and seem to be easily added to a variety of styles. The magnetic mount between the 30-gram lens device and the frame is quite solid, but the AR part is very easy to remove and stick in the case even if you’re wearing eyeglasses all the time, showing you don’t have a discreet screen stuck to your face. It’s a solution that takes people’s concerns about privacy and distraction seriously rather than just trying to hide the thing they’re worried about inside a smaller package. It also helps that this generation of Air Glass does not have a camera, although Oppo says it is not ruling out the option for future versions.

the edge’Addie Robertson says the technology is still very advanced, with up to three hours of battery life, and a “cruel” experience on the software side — but it sold out on the design approach. It is a reasonably compact and lightweight unit that can easily be attached to a pair of natural looking glasses.

I think this may be the direction Apple is taking. Keep the glasses themselves naturally (and allow plenty of style selection), and get a clip-on tech unit. This would, for example, allow people to switch between glasses and sunglasses.

I don’t expect Apple to do that release Anything is that simple, but I think the current prototype generation of Apple glasses looks something like that. The company has time to work on a more Apple-like design from now until the expected 2024/2025 launch date.

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