Presented at CES 2021, these PC and Motorola smartphone compatible glasses are intended for the professional market.
Augmented reality is struggling to find its way to mainstream users. The average user wants a discreet product, a reasonable price and an autonomy at least equal to that of his smartphone. Unfortunately, no product can offer all of this today.
The professional world is quite different. Companies don’t think in terms of aesthetics or cost if the product can increase productivity and have a good return on investment. This is the direction taken by Lenovo with its ThinkReality A3. Indeed, While it is currently difficult to offer a product that is attractive to the greatest number, the technology seems sufficiently mastered for professional use.
Features designed for the professional
Unlike the Apple glasses that should be released in 2021, the Lenovo is not in the finesse. If glasses are clearly bigger than reading glasses, they feel lighter and more comfortable than full helmets.
Once connected to a Windows computer, they can display up to 5 screens simultaneously. Multiscreen is an undeniable gain in terms of productivity and being able to multiply them without increasing the size of the workspace is a major asset for a company. When paired with a laptop, users who enjoy train or plane travel can continue to work efficiently and confidentially. Impossible for an outside person to see what is happening on these virtual screens.
The ThinkReality A3 are equipped with a SoC Snapdragon XR1 (XR for eXtended Reality) which could well be updated by the release by the XR2 version. There is also an 8 Mpx camera and 1080p stereoscopic screens.
When connected to a phone equipped with Motorola ThinkReality software, they allow hands-free audio / video communications. This kind of use associated with the front camera allows technical support to precisely guide the user via augmented reality.
The big question that remains unanswered concerns the quality of virtual screens. Indeed, there are few products capable of comfortably rendering normal-sized text like the Varjo VR-1 headset.
No rate available
The prices are unknown to date. It is not uncommon that the price list is not available for a product for professional use. This makes it possible to negotiate prices on volumes or on the advertising impact of a partnership with a renowned company.
The Lenovo ThinkReality A3s are expected to be available for summer 2021.
Facebook is working on augmented reality glasses as part of the Aria project
Source : ubergizmo
Romain "Nemrod" Vandevelde