Now that smartwatches have become popular and accessible, it’s time to introduce the next new cool wearable, smart glasses. While the concept isn’t entirely new – we’ve seen products like Google Glass, the technology seemingly halted as companies shifted focus to other, more popular, wearables. But that may soon change. We’ve previously reported about Qualcomm XR technology that’s designed to power a new generation of wearables. Today at CES 2021, Lenovo is showcasing its ThinkReality A3 smart glasses.
The company says that this new lightweight device fits like normal sunglasses but can also be fitted with other frame options depending on the user’s needs. Unfortunately, these smart glasses aren’t meant for regular consumers just yet but these were designed for the enterprise market.
The ThinkRealiy A3 is crafted as a solution to elevate Augmented Reality-assisted workflows and training. It still runs on the older Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform but offers up to 5 stereoscopic 1080p displays, an 8-megapixel RGB camera, and dual fish-eye cameras to assist in room-scale tracking.
The ThinkReality A3 is able to connect to a PC and it can create large virtual monitors equipped with various Windows software tools and apps. The virtual screens extend the capabilities of the PC it’s connected to, and helps provide a more productive yet private virtual working space. Additionally, the smart glasses are also able to connect to select Motorola smartphones for AR-supported tasks.
Lenovo imagines that their smart glasses will be used in various industries such as in factories, labs, and even in retail and hospitality. Users will be able to “build, deploy, and manage mixed reality applications and content on a global scale” which may, in turn, increase accuracy and reduce error rates.
The Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses will be available sometime in mid-2021 in selected non-consumer markets worldwide.