TCL introduces Thunderbird Smart Glass with MicroLED Color Display and Augmented Reality

The new TCL Smart Glass comes with a MicroLED display. (image: screengrab)

The display of Thunderbird Pioneer Edition beats Xiaomi’s concept smart glasses.

Chinese electronics company TCL on Friday, October 15, has unveiled its brand-new Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition. Sharing a video on Chinese social media platform Weibo, the company revealed that the new smart glasses feature a full-color transparent Micro-LED display. . The glasses also have an inbuilt camera that allows its users to take pictures with just a click on the edge of the frame. The glasses look like regular glasses, thanks to their transparent displays and the Waveguide technology that TCL has been using for over three years. The performance of the Thunderbird Pioneer Edition surpasses that of Xiaomi’s concept smart glasses, which were announced last month and feature a monochrome display using only the same Waveguide technology.

The glasses will also have augmented reality support, which means they can add layers of digital information on a user’s vision through the glasses. For example, glasses can project navigation routes in front of your eyes, making it easy to turn exactly where the map is visible without worrying about checking your phone. On top of this, the product shared by the manufacturer allows the video smart glasses to be paired with a PC to run multiple screens at the same time as well as act as additional displays. The presence of an alarm in the glasses is indicated on the speaker. The price of Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition has not been revealed yet. The glasses are expected to be the first to hit the Chinese market.

The video also shows several integrations of apps that people use to showcase the glasses themselves. For example, the video shows the user watching the video in the glass display itself as well as integrating with smart home devices. The video is indicative of smart eyewear’s aspiration to replace smartphone screens, something that Xiaomi’s concept video claims is coming in the near future.

A previous attempt by Google to popularize smart glasses failed when the tech giant announced in 2015 that it would cease production after introducing its Google Goggles in 2014. After which there was silence in the smart eyewear market for some time. Recently, Facebook announced its Ray-Ban smart glasses which had a camera but lacked a display. The glasses also had speakers that gave open-ear audio to the wearer. While the glasses sounded cool, there were widespread fears because they were created by Facebook, a data-hungry tech giant that has been under criticism for its data privacy disasters.

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