TCL NXTWEAR S is marketed as XR glasses. It stands for Extended Reality and is actually an umbrella term that covers all VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality) products. While the NXTWEAR S glasses have built-in accelerometers, gyroscopes, and pressure sensors, we wouldn’t call them smart glasses because there are no “smart” features here. They’re not true VR either, as there’s no motion tracking and interaction to speak of. AR is also a stretch because there are no cameras or anything else to absorb and monitor the real world.
NXTWEAR S brings you a portable monitor that is equivalent to a diagonal of approx 400 inches, floating about four meters in front of your eyes. It’s covered on top of a clear glass panel that can also pass through what’s in front of you.
NXTWEAR S glasses have been born Developed by RayNeo, a Hong Kong company incubated by TCL, now renamed as TCL RayNeo. The company is a leader in this type of technology, and in fact the NXTWEAR S isn’t its first device. They’re actually a direct iteration of the NXTWEAR Air glasses, which caught the attention of some critics at tech conferences but weren’t actually sold publicly. An older TCL NXTWEAR G device also exists, but we couldn’t find any direct correlation between it and the NXTWEAR S.