Lenovo Announces ThinkReality A6 AR Headsetby Anton Shilov on May 15, 2019 3:00 PM EST
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Lenovo has unveiled its new family of AR headsets designed primarily for business applications. Positioned as a potential competitor to Microsoft's headline-grabbing HoloLens, Lenovo’s ThinkReality head mounted displays will feature software and hardware developed by Lenovo for workers who can take advantage of AR in various industries.
The first member of the family is the ThinkReality A6 AR headset, which is powered by a combination of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 application processor and an Intel Movidius VPU. A two-part solution, the Movidius VPU is on the headset itself, while the more power Snapdragon SoC is located in a separate ‘Android compute box’. The HMD offers a 1080p resolution per eye as well as a 40-degree diagonal field of view.
While the initial model comes with an Android-based compute box, Lenovo says that the ThinkReality platform is software and cloud agnostic, so the hardware itself will be able to run other operating systems and programs offering decent flexibility for businesses in a variety of industries.
Lenovo’s ThinkReality headset will be available later this year directly from Lenovo. The company does not publish MSRP of the device probably because it will be sold primarily via B2B channels.
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Bridgebrainy - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - linkFrankly, after the unsupported on day 1 debacle that is the Mirage Solo, I don't know what leg they're trying to pull with this
mode_13h - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - linkThrowing everything at the wall to see what sticks?
Don't forget about their foray into VR, with a Windows MR HMD. They were also an early adopter of Google's Project Tango, offering the first 3rd party device to support it. Google killed Tango within less than a year afterwards and didn't even support ARCore on their phone. ...with partners like that, who even needs competitors?
In some ways, I think this is a smaller gamble. I think MS has shown there's a real, durable market for AR, in certain industries. Whether Lenovo will be able to capitalize on this, without all of MS' clout, is another matter.
It is interesting that they made a statement about it being OS agnostic. I wonder if they ultimately have plans to support Windows on this thing, as a true, lower-cost alternative to Hololens 2.
Paul smith - Monday, May 20, 2019 - linkFrankly, after the unsupported on day 1 debacle that is the Mirage Solo, I don't know what leg they're trying to pull with this