Nimo Planet’s new smart glasses raise the possibility of no longer carrying around a laptop, but still having access to a six-screen computer experience. Smart glasses are one of the strangest innovations in technology, and in spite of the use cases they promise, they have yet to become mainstream. This is partly because the technology has not yet been fully developed with products tending to be either too large, heavy and uncomfortable, or light and elegant but with too few features. Privacy concerns have also been a huge turn-off for customers.
Most smart glasses sold today focus on AR, VR, or social media, leaving out one of the most basic things technology is used for, work. While companies like Microsoft have aimed at professional environments, they are designed for advanced technical work. Some smart glasses can link a personal computer or smartphone and mirror it, but none act like a computer in the cloud. For example, Meta’s Ray-Ban smart glasses provide users with limited features and mostly serve to take photos and share them through social media. Users have also complained that the image quality is poor in low light conditions. Furthermore, the smart glasses have no AR, VR, or virtual screen technology incorporated.
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Nimo’s smart glasses act as a standalone computer powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 processor, and provide users with up to six virtual screens to work on. The company uses its own OS, Nimo OS, which is a forked version of Android. While the OS is not certified to run the Google Play Store, open source Android apps can be downloaded. The company also includes access to the Nimo store which hosts thousands of apps. While the glasses seem a bit bulky, they are relatively light, weighing in at 120 grams. The small 720-pixel display looks like a 40-50 inch screen from the user’s perspective and the multi-screen feature can be activated anywhere. The Nimo smart glasses cost $799 and are already available to reserve through the company’s website.
Smart Glasses With An Actual Purpose
Nimo Planet believes the smart glasses will make it possible for wearers to work and connect from anywhere. As explained to Wired, the company chose to make things “as simple as possible” and this means that the smart glasses don’t have a camera, speakers or headphones. However, earbuds, speakers, mice, and keyboards can be connected to the smart glasses via Bluetooth. The arms of the smart glasses feature touch support, and voice commands can be given as well. Once paired, a smartphone can also be used as an input device, and the company is working to develop its own input device.
Although the glasses are very intuitive, they do have some downsides. They are not designed for heavy data processing tasks and focus mainly on project management, content viewing, and word processing. In reality, developers, enterprise, and remote workers are the main target audience here. Another area of concern is battery life, as the company says that the smart glasses last less than three hours on a full charge. Nimo explained to Wired that it is working to improve battery performance. In the meantime, the smart glasses are charged in their case, similar to how many earbuds are charged. There is also no 5G or LTE support so these glasses largely require a Wi-Fi connection to function. Those reserving the smart glasses should also be aware that shipping will not begin until 2023 and there’s currently no option for prescription lenses. Lastly, and unlike some other smart glasses, the design and general look could be further refined. Still, with six screens and a mini-computer to privately work on, Nimo’s smart glasses are an interesting option.