- Asus unveiled an eyewear that can be used to project multiple computer screens. The AirVision M1 is said to be a replacement for the bulky external monitors.
- The wearable simply projects the screen of the device it is connected to, like a smartphone or computer, in full HD vision with varying viewing angles but offers no AR capabilities.
- Asus has yet to confirm the pricing or availability of the AirVision M1 but the eyewear is expected to be priced at around $700, with release slated for later this year.
Taiwanese electronics giant Asus unveiled a host of new products at the CES 2024 in Las Vegas, but one particular device stood tall, taking the show by surprise. That was the AirVision M1, which some are touting as a potential rival to Apple’s upcoming mixed-reality headset, the Vision Pro.
But what exactly is the AirVision M1?
Asus Showcases Smart Glass That Can Project Multiple Computer Screens
Asus’s new eyewear is more of an alternative to computer monitors and smartphone screens than something meant for spatial computing. Unlike Xreal’s Air 2 Ultra glasses and TCL’s RayNeo X2 AR glasses, which were also announced at the CES, the AirVision M1 does not support augmented reality.
The wearable simply projects your smartphone or computer screen to a space by tethering to a nearby device. Moreover, the device does not recognize hand gestures or other virtual objects.
Specifications Of AirVision M1
The primary use case for the AirVision M1 is to improve productivity. The wearable gives users extra screen space without needing them to carry around bulky portable monitors. The glasses have a 1080p Micro OLED display with a 57-degree vertical perspective field of view that makes the projected screen suited for your eyes.
The AirVision M1 can display up to seven virtual windows or desktops that can be sized in different aspect ratios – 16:9, 21:9, and 32:9. The glasses allow users to either pin the screen in the virtual space or set it to track their head movements.
Asus’s glasses have built-in speakers and use a wired connection to pipe content to the screen over DisplayPort. There is a touchpad on the left temple of the wearable that can be used to adjust the display.
Asus’s Wearable Comes With Nose Pads And Prescription Lens Inserts
The plug-and-play glasses come with a pair of nose pads to ensure that it fits perfectly, and a prescription insert for users who normally use glasses.
When setting up, the AirVision M1 pulls up a small command menu where the user can tap on the plus sign to add a new window. The overall size of the virtual display can also be adjusted by zooming in and out. Typing using the specs is also not a hassle because of the see-through display.
Asus also thought of the chance of users being distracted by activities taking place in the background. The glasses come with magnetic blinders in the box that clip onto its front side, providing users with a clean backdrop while working.
Asus AirVision M1 Is Expected to be Priced Around the $700 Range
The only caveat to the smart wearable is its bulky form factor that makes it difficult for day-to-day use. The bulkiness is something that cannot be done away with, at least for the time being, considering the tech involved.
Asus is yet to reveal the pricing or availability for the AirVision M1. However, a spokesperson said the company is targeting around $700 for the smart glasses. If you were to compare prices, Apple’s Vision Pro starts at $3,000 while portable monitors often go for between $250 and $400, depending on the manufacturer or model you choose.