On October 28, Shenzhen-based consumer-grade wireless AR glasses manufacturer INMO released its second generation AR glasses INMO Air2, a smart ring INMO Ring, and INMOVERSE, a metaverse application based on the world’s lightest simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithm.
Compared with the first generation, the frame volume of the INMO Air2 has been reduced by nearly 30%, and the thickness of the temple has been reduced to 6 mm, making it the thinnest pair of wireless AR glasses in the industry. The glasses have also been upgraded to a binocular full-color array optical waveguide display, which greatly improves display effects. In addition, it adds the function of switching single and binocular modes according to external situations.
IMOS 2.0 system, the lowest power consumption system of AR glasses in the industry, was also released, which helps INMO Air2 last for up to 10 days on standby mode and play video continuously for up to 2.5 hours. The INMO Air2 has been greatly upgraded from chip to battery and has strengthened smart control through voice and the newly-released intelligent ring, bringing a smoother experience for functions such as recording and navigation.
The INMO Air2 focuses on more practical functions such as audio and video, office work and outdoor application. The smart glasses support AR meetings, quick processing of documents, replying to emails for office workers and navigation, translation, and increased camera functionality for outdoor enthusiasts.
The INMO Ring is specially tailored for the Air2. Just like a remote control, it can easily support watching videos, scanning documents and quickly switching among different applications. The price of the INMO Air2 is 3999 yuan ($551) including the smart ring, which will be pre-sold in November.
The highlight of the launch event is the world’s lightest SLAM algorithm. In the past, the traditional SLAM algorithm could only be attached to MR helmets or high-end smartphones with sufficient power capabilities. INMO uses a black-and-white camera to do the computing on a chip which other manufacturers must do by connecting to smartphones.
Based on the algorithm, INMO released a metaverse application – INMOVERSE, which is also an open world. INMOVERSE brings together a series of experiences created by INMO and its partners, and integrates brand-new 3D interactive gameplay, so that users can create their own world, and can truly realize an immersive AR interaction between people and the real world.
At the press conference, leading manufacturers such as dating app Tantan, translation service provider iFlytek, virtual avatar maker Laipic and Baidu Map announced cooperation with INMO, which greatly increased the use of INMO’s AR glasses.
INMO was established in 2021 and has received three rounds of financing totaling over 100 million yuan from Matrix Partners, 37 Interactive Entertainment and Unity Ventures. INMO’s first brand experience store will land in Shanghai, and it will later set up shop in commercial outlets in five super-first-tier and first-tier cities in China over the first half of next year.