The consumer electronics industry is currently facing a crossroads as it looks towards the future of mobile technology. As smartphones become an integral part of our daily lives, there is a growing discussion about what will eventually replace them. One of the options being considered is the use of glasses and extended reality (XR) devices. XR is a set of technologies that blend real and virtual elements, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (XR).
One brand that is at the forefront of this technological leap is OPPO, which has been conducting extensive research in this area. Although not the only player in the game, OPPO has already launched several products in the direction of XR devices, although they are not yet commercialized.
Yi Xu, the director of XR technology at OPPO, recently discussed the company’s approach to the next big leap in technology. When asked about the potential for glasses and other devices to replace mobile phones, Xu expressed confidence in the possibility, stating, “That’s what we believe, and that’s why we’re investing in it. In the future, it could happen.”
While glasses are one of the devices being explored as a potential replacement for smartphones, other technologies such as holograms and laser projectors also have the potential to play a significant role. Xu also emphasized the importance of screens in current devices and highlighted the need for screens in XR glasses.
In addressing concerns about privacy, Xu explained that OPPO’s glasses do not include cameras, as the company aims to provide a more private experience for users. He also discussed the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in future glasses, envisioning scenarios in which AI could suggest menu items at restaurants or recognize hand gestures for interacting with the devices.
Despite the promising future of XR devices, Xu acknowledged that they are still in the early stages of development, much like smartphones were in their initial phases. He emphasized the importance of collaboration with industry leaders to create the best possible devices, and the company’s focus on creating glasses that are independent of smartphones.
In the immediate future, Xu sees mixed reality (MR) as the most promising technology, as it combines virtual reality with the vision of the environment through cameras. While pure augmented reality devices may still be a few years away from widespread adoption, current glasses are seen as a convenient accessory that provides comfort and convenience, similar to smart speakers and smartwatches.
As OPPO and other companies continue to push the boundaries of technological innovation, the future of consumer electronics is set to be shaped by the development of XR devices. With the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology, XR glasses and other devices hold the promise of a future that goes beyond the limitations of smartphones.