The Morning After: Oppo tries to build a Google Glass for China


The vision of Google Glass is not dead. Or at least it was brought to life by Oppo. Following on from last year’s AR Glass concept, the new Oppo Air Glass will be available in Q1 2022 for an undisclosed price. It comes in two parts: a detachable monocle (in black or white) and a separate frame. And no, you cannot attach the 30 gram device to your own glasses.

The emphasis here is on simple information displayed on a 640 x 480 image on a waveguide display. My favorite part might be the software Oppo uses, including a teleprompter display for which you can set the scroll speed. (Although, yes, you should be wearing the thing in front of your audience…)

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For now, Oppo says the smartwear is just for China, so it might be an even rarer place than Google’s original Glass.

— Matt Smith

It has a battery that lasts three hours.

LG

LG is teasing two new TVs with unusual designs at CES 2022, including the recently announced premium OLED Evo TV with a motorized cover. The other is, literally, a wireless TV on wheels. The StanbyME has a built-in battery and you can roll it in and out of any room in your house. The 27-inch screen sits on a movable stand with hidden wheels, and you can adjust the height to adjust the position.

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You can also see how your stats compare this year to those of 2020.

Nintendo is getting into the year-end review mood, emailing many of its users about how they’ve been spending time with their Switch over the past 12 months.

The 2021 iteration isn’t much different from last year’s iteration. You will again see the total number of hours you put in in the year and a count of all the games you have played. There’s also an overview of the number of hours you’ve played each month, as well as a look back at your most active day. You’ll also see how much time you’ve spent between handheld and docked modes.

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And easier to recycle.

Dell

Dell may not be the best-loved PC company when it comes to customer service, but it often tops the company charts for eco-friendly initiatives. In collaboration with Intel, the company has developed a new laptop called Concept Luna, with the aim of making future PCs easier to repair, reuse and recycle.

Dell said that if it incorporated all design ideas, it could reduce a computer’s carbon footprint by up to 50 percent compared to current laptop models. Redesigned components make better use of space and improve passive cooling, while also reducing power consumption. This, in turn, creates a smaller battery with deep-cycle cells with a “long charge that can be maintained over many years of use, increasing refurbishment and reuse after the product’s initial life,” according to Dell.

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It applies to 2018 and later models, with a free trial of 3 to 10 years.

To the consternation of some owners, Toyota’s remote key fob launch feature requires a paid subscription service of $8 per month. This is true for 2018 and later models, but came to light recently when the free trials of Toyota’s Remote Connect subscription began to expire.

Toyota allows owners to remotely start vehicles like the RAV 4 PHEV in two ways. One is over WiFi/LTE using the Remote Connect apps – these cost $8 per month or $80 per year. The other is using the key fob. Unless they read the fine print, owners may not have known that the keyfob method was also part of the Remote Connect subscription. Toyota confirmed to The Drive that they require a paid subscription on any 2018 and newer Toyota model to use the feature.

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