There is a scene in the telenovela Senhora do Destino in which actress Renata Sorrah, playing Nazaré Tedesco, is surrounded by floating mathematical equations. He became a meme to describe when you’re confused and, with the new TCL RayNeo X2, it could be the future of how we do math.
At CES 2023, TCL — China’s best-known TV company — introduced the RayNeo X2, a pair of augmented reality smart glasses with chunky black rims reminiscent of the glasses cinemas early gave away for 3D movies. These glasses can do much more than these, however.
RayNeo X2 glasses are meant to be used as your everyday glasses, which means you can put your own prescription in the glasses. By projecting microLED screens that hover in front of both eyes, the glasses can display information such as smart GPS navigation, automatic translation, phone calls and message notifications, as well as the ability to take photos and videos or to listen to music.
“TCL RayNeo has created the world’s first Binocular Full Color Micro-LED Optical Waveguide AR Goggles,” Howie Li, CEO of TCL RayNeo, said in a press release. “The technology developed by RayNeo will set the bar for future innovations in wearable augmented reality, as there is no compromise on advanced technology, style or ease of use. RayNeo X2 is the new frontier of AR glasses, and we’re just getting started.”
For example, if you’re trying to locate the nearest library, the RayNeo X2 will show you exactly where to go without even having to look at your phone. One of the most fascinating aspects of the new gadget is the machine translation support. Let’s say you’d like to chat with someone in a language you don’t speak: the RayNeo X2 will be able to display translations in front of you, aiming to make connectivity more accessible. But, as CNET pointed outthe live translation also presents what everyone is saying in the room, including yourself, which can get boring.
The RayNeo X2 isn’t available to the public yet, but it’s expected to be available to developers in the spring; it will launch for the rest of us shortly after, although some features may be different by then.