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TCL Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition Announced With MicroLED Color Display

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TCL Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition was unveiled on Friday, October 15 in China. The smart glasses come with a MicroLED display and have a waveguide developed in-house by TCL. Thunderbird Smart Glasses look like normal sunglasses with a transparent color screen. TCL smart glasses come with various smart features like inbuilt camera. Glasses can also render multiple screens at the same time. The smart glasses are said to be able to make calls, offer navigation using augmented reality (AR), and capture photos. The device is expected to measure up with the recently launched Xiaomi Smart Glasses and Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories.

The Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition has been announced by the company but the pricing and availability details of the product have not been revealed. The wearable is likely to be made available in China first before reaching the global markets.

TCL has shared a video showing an overview of the specifications offered by the Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition. The device features a MicroLED display with 4μm (micrometer) pixels.

According to the video, the smart glasses can be used to set alarms, access smartphone data, watch videos, manage scheduling and calendar, view video messages and manage smart home devices. The Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition can also be used to control the car door lock switch.

TCL’s new smart glasses will compete with the recently announced Xiaomi smart glasses and Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses.

Xiaomi unveiled the Xiaomi Smart Glasses last month that came with a host of features including navigation and real-time text translation. It weighs 51 grams and integrates MicroLED optical waveguide technology to display messages and notifications in front of the user’s eyes. The Xiaomi Smart Glass has an inbuilt dual beamforming microphone and speaker which can also be used for making calls. There is also a 5 megapixel camera as well.

Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories Smart Glass is priced at $299 (about Rs 21,970). It can take pictures and videos at the wearer’s voice command, and the frames can connect wirelessly to Facebook’s platform via an app. The wearable has cameras mounted on the front of the frame but misses out on Augmented Reality (AR) features.


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Nitya P Nair is a journalist with over five years of experience in digital journalism. He specializes in business and technology beats. A foodie at heart, Nitya loves to explore new places (read the cuisine) and sneak in dialogues from a Malayalam film to spice up the conversation. more

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