Remember Google Glass? Remember how it bombed? There were a number of reasons for that failure, not the least of which was how the glasses looked. But there was also the fact that Google just wasn’t a producer of hardware or devices like tablets and smart phones, just a provider of their operating systems. This was the same reason why Microsoft failed in its attempts to compete with the iPod and with its own smart phone.
The new Lenovo smart glasses also look a little silly, to be honest here. But they are not intended to be worn by users everywhere they go as was the case with Google Glass. The ThinkReality A3 is meant to be used by professionals for their work whether in an office or at home. And they can also be used by gamers.
The idea here is to be the next step in new 3d or invisible screen technologies. Even with a small monitor with low video resolution or a small work space the user will be able to see images in high resolution and adjust the size accordingly. This without the need for investing in new monitors for an office and the device is portable too.
The ThinkReality A3 can be tethered s to either a PC or select Motorola smartphones1 via a USB-C cable depending on the needs of workers anywhere. So the device is not yet usable on most smart phones. And they also do not work with Apple systems like the iPhone and Mac computers, at least not yet.
The AR smart glasses are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ XR1 Platform and feature stereoscopic 1080p displays presenting the user with up to 5 virtual displays. An 8MP RGB camera provides 1080p video for remote expert use cases while the dual fish-eye cameras provide room-scale tracking.
“The A3 is a next generation augmented reality solution – light, powerful and versatile. The smart glasses are part of a comprehensive integrated digital solution from Lenovo that includes the advanced AR device, ThinkReality software, and Motorola mobile phones. Whether working in virtual spaces or supporting remote assistance, the ThinkReality A3 enhances workers’ abilities to do more wherever they are,” said Jon Pershke, Lenovo Vice President of Strategy and Emerging Business, Intelligent Device Group.
Versatile, portable, and comfortable. Introducing the Lenovo ThinkReality A3 — The most versatile smart glasses ever designed for the enterprise with #Snapdragon XR1.
— Lenovo (@Lenovo) January 10, 2021
The ThinkReality A3 PC Edition tethers to a laptop or mobile workstation to enable users to position multiple, large virtual monitors in their field of view and use Windows software tools and applications. Lenovo explains that virtual monitors expand the value of PCs, creating more productivity, privacy, and immersive experiences for industries like finance, architecture and engineering, as well as for any remote and mobile worker where space and privacy are limited.
Virtual monitors are optimized and compatible with Lenovo’s leading ThinkPad laptops and mobile workstations powered by Intel and AMD Ryzen processors.
The ThinkReality A3 Industrial Edition tethers to select Motorola smartphones1 for hands-free, AR-supported tasks. The Industrial Edition is supported by the ThinkReality software platform, which the company says enables commercial customers to build, deploy, and manage mixed reality applications and content on a global scale, with global support.
“For use in scenarios from factory floors and laboratories to busy retail and hospitality spaces, certified turnkey applications on the ThinkReality platform powers remote assistance, guided workflows, and 3D visualization. Now, industrial workers have a light, flexible and scalable set of smart glasses to increase productivity and safety while decreasing error rates in daily tasks,” exclaims Lenovo.