The Lenovo AR glasses are outfitted with Qualcomm’s Snadragon XR1 platform

Whereas we’d not have gathered in Los Vegas for this 12 months’s CES, corporations didn’t miss a beat when it got here to asserting and showcasing their newest merchandise and options. Lenovo used CES 2021 because the backdrop for revealing plenty of new merchandise, considered one of which is the ThinkReality A3 glasses, a set of light-weight augmented actuality (AR) glasses for the enterprise area.

Lenovo’s earlier mannequin, the A6, is already a outstanding participant in enterprise XR, however the A3, in keeping with the corporate’s Business AR/VR Lead Nathan Pettyjohn and the Senior {Hardware} Product Supervisor for Business AR/VR Mike Lohse, is an entire redesign.

For starters, the newest glasses are outfitted with Qualcomm’s Snadragon XR1 platform, which is the chip producer’s first devoted eXtended actuality (XR) platform.

“This permits us to supply a constant monitoring expertise throughout all platform, whether or not plugged right into a telephone or a PC,” Lohse informed RCR Wi-fi Information.

Pettyjohn emphasised the significance of the product’s potential to connect with a PC, laptop computer or a telephone by way of a USB-C cable, highlighting the criticality that “the cell phone is now able to energy these AR glasses.”

The earlier design required a mini compute pack that restricted the place and the way the gadget could possibly be used.

“Now, we are able to leverage all the worth of the Motorola telephone and the processors in that. This additionally makes it extra versatile,” defined Pettyjohn. “Because the 5G ecosystem begins to emerge, we may be on the forefront of this for these clients who desire a non-public campus community within a warehouse or wish to be out within the area the place there’s 5G, and even 4G.”

And since Motorola was acquired by Lenovo in 2014, the corporate is now ready to supply end-to-end {hardware} for the ThinkReality platform for both a PC or cell use case.

“We are able to actually personal the end-to-end expertise [and]I feel that basically permits us numerous benefits that different corporations […] could not have,” continued Pettyjohn. “Attaching to a Motorola telephone goes to be very fascinating to us. Having mobile connectivity permits [users to go]exterior of the Wi-Fi bubble.”

One other attribute each Pettyjohn and Lohse targeted the dialog round is the AR glasses’ excessive stage of customization, because of its modular design, which permits for changes like inserting prescription lenses or eradicating the nostril bridge.  

Nevertheless, consolation and private match is just one which during which the glasses are customizable. As a consequence of different options, like a detachable entrance body that may be replaces with a extra industrial body that gives higher eye safety, the glasses are adaptable to completely different use instances and surroundings as nicely.

“It’s a really versatile platform,” commented Lohse, “from consolation, to make use of and to what it is ready to plug into.”

When utilized in an workplace setting, the glasses are very simple. They plug right into a PC simply as every other monitor would after which gives the wearer with digital shows. The one enter obligatory is the mouse and keyboard.

Lohse and Pettyjohn admitted that, due to the units potential to ship a non-public and versatile workplace expertise, Lenovo was initially eyeing companies vacationers and co-working areas for the product, however when COVID-19 struck, that plan was flipped on its head.

Lohse is assured, although, that even in our present make money working from home surroundings there’s nonetheless worth within the AR glasses with regards to workplace work.

“Not everybody has the area to arrange a number of displays at their kitchen desk,” he reasoned. “These present that versatile resolution that doesn’t take up numerous area.”