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Enjoying theatre-like video viewing experience will now be possible: Levin Liu, OPPO Research Institute

To understand the technology inside out, in an interview with BW Businessworld, Levin Liu, Vice President and Head of OPPO Research Institute, talks about the speaks about the newly introduced concept OPPO AR Glass 2021.

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Recently OPPO has launched OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset, OPPO AR Glass 2021, and OPPO CybeReal AR application. To understand the technology inside out, in an interview with BW Businessworld, Levin Liu, Vice President and Head of OPPO Research Institute, talks about the speaks about the newly introduced concept OPPO AR Glass 2021.

What are the USPs of OPPO AR Glass 2021?
OPPO AR Glass 2021 is an ultra-light and wearer-friendly device that weighs nearly 75% less than its predecessor. The product is built with Birdbath optical technology which, compared with its predecessor that uses a diffractive optical waveguide, increases the contrast by 53%, the brightness uniformity by 98%, and pixels per degree by 40%, delivering sharper and more refined images to users. It provides more natural interactions, including smartphone-based and gestured interactions. The gesture recognition algorithm can simultaneously detect and track 42 key points on both hands, enabling precise gesture interaction.

It delivers more precise spatial positioning, with millimeter-level accuracy and within one degree. The product also comes with a set of SLAM binocular fisheye cameras, which not only provide positioning calculations but also enables local mapping. It can be used for AR viewing, AR gaming, and AR home experiences linking itself to users' daily life.

How will this technology be beneficial for users? 
OPPO has been exploring the field of AR based on user needs and their feedback. We have introduced applications like AR viewing, AR gaming, AR home, and AR shooting to AR Glass 2021. Enjoying theatre-like video viewing experience will now be possible, and users will be able to consume content available on their phone in a much larger form factor. Gaming is another area where the interaction of the real world with the augmented one will open up more exciting gameplays and strategies for developers.

Other than these OPPO has already worked on a few implementations to showcase this technology, where users can furnish their home and experience how the product will look inside their home before making a buying decision.

How it is different from already existing products in the market?
OPPO drew on extensive user-experience feedback to improve the product definition, features, and usage scenarios planning to meet users’ real needs. With its brand-new split design, OPPO AR Glass 2021 gives complete freedom to OPPO’s strengths as a handset manufacturer. Its design - both hardware and applications - enables it to leverage the mobile platform to achieve powerful performance, more nimble application development, and more diverse user experiences.

What is the rationale behind the split design for your AR glasses this year?
All-in-one design and split design are the two technical directions for AR glasses. It focuses more on vertical applications, while split design focuses more on consumers’ current product experience needs and can leverage the advantages of the mobile device. OPPO AR Glass 2021’s split design gives full play to OPPO’s strengths as a handset manufacturer. Its hardware and application designs enables it to leverage the mobile platform to achieve powerful performance, swift application development, and more diverse application experiences.

Guided by our user feedback, OPPO has vigorously strengthened R&D in various AR fields and is also conducting preliminary research in various technical directions.

Is there any role of the Indian R&D centre behind developing this new concept?
Our Hyderabad R&D centre focuses on product localization and innovation fields such as software, imaging, and communication network. Being the largest R&D centre outside of China, it will play a crucial role in the implementation of our 3+N+X strategy and accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies in the Indian market.


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