Sunday, January 10th 2021

Lenovo Announces AR ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses

Today, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES ), Lenovo introduced the ThinkReality A3 lightweight smart glasses. One of the most advanced and versatile enterprise smart glasses to come to market, the ThinkReality A3 is part of a comprehensive digital solutions offering to deliver intelligent transformation in business and bring smarter technology to more people.

As increasingly distributed workforces and hybrid work models become the reality of a new normal, small and large businesses around the world are looking to adopt new technologies for smart collaboration, increased efficiency, and lower downtimes. From customized virtual monitors and 3D visualization to Augmented Reality (AR) assisted workflows and immersive training, the ThinkReality A3 helps transforms work across many levels of the enterprise.
The ThinkReality A3 tethers to a PC or select Motorola smartphones1 via a USB-C cable depending on the needs of smart workers anywhere. Versatile, portable, and comfortable, the ThinkReality A3 fits like sunglasses and can be enhanced with industrial frame options for safer and more durable use. Immersive but not isolating, the AR smart glasses are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 Platform for high-quality performance 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.

PC Edition for Virtual Monitors

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. 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.

Industrial Edition for Enhanced Decision Making in Complex Environments

The ThinkReality A3 Industrial Edition tethers to select Motorola smartphones for hands-free, AR-supported tasks in complex work environments. The Industrial Edition is supported by the ThinkReality software platform, which 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.

ThinkReality Ecosystem of AR/VR Solutions

Lenovo's ThinkReality platform is helping accelerate adoption of the next generation of wearable computing — offering smarter technology to enable smarter workers. With the growing ThinkReality cloud-agnostic ecosystem of hardware and software solutions, enterprises have more choices in building and deploying mixed reality technologies to improve business.

Lenovo AR devices include the ThinkReality A3 smart glasses and A6 headset. The ThinkReality A6 features a full-featured sensor array, expandable memory, 1080p resolution waveguide optics, and a removable battery for extended use of the head mounted display.

VR use cases in the enterprise are rapidly expanding from training and simulations to immersive experiences for sales and marketing, as well as other applications. The Lenovo Mirage VR S3 all-in-one headset is specifically designed for enterprise and is ready to scale for global operations and is ideal for soft-skill training solutions. For advanced, high-performance mixed reality and virtual reality applications, Lenovo offers a portfolio of workstations certified to work with various Varjo XR/VR headsets and is a reseller of Varjo's human-eye resolution solutions.

Availability

The Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses will be available in select markets worldwide starting mid-2021.
Source: Lenovo
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12 Comments on Lenovo Announces AR ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses

#1
InVasMani
I wonder if a device like this could be used to visualize social distancing with AR.
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Jomale
How it looks in real life
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#3
Bones
Great for allowing big brother to see everywhere you go, everyone and everything there.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Really looking forward to reviews!
Bones
Great for allowing big brother to see everywhere you go, everyone and everything there.
Like a phone you mean.
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#5
DeathtoGnomes
Looks heavy, gonna need a prosthetic device just to keep them up on the nose.
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#6
Caring1
No sane male would be seen in public with these on for fear of being thought a pervert wearing glasses with a hidden camera.
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DeathtoGnomes
Caring1
No sane male would be seen in public with these on for fear of being thought a pervert wearing glasses with a hidden camera.
is that what happened with googles Glass?
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Mindweaver
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Caring1
No sane male would be seen in public with these on for fear of being thought a pervert wearing glasses with a hidden camera.
I feel pretty sane and I want a pair... Well, maybe not this pair but AR glasses intrigue me. I'm not an Apple fan but if rumors are correct then I'm very interested in the AR glasses they are working on. If anything they will drive more people to the market. This design is a step in the right direction. When I first saw these I thought they were the Boss glasses with just b/t speakers built-in.
DeathtoGnomes
is that what happened with googles Glass?
I think the death of Google Glass was due to its price point. If I remember correctly it was $1200 USD and nowhere near the tech in these AR glasses.
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InVasMani
VR headsets and AR glasses defiantly look more than a bit goofy in their current forms today that'll have to evolve over time. AMD or Intel will eventually start creating a small embedded FPGA tech mixed with thermoelectricity in a neck collar with a bit of a battery capacity that interacts with a VR/AR headset/glasses mark my words. Battery capacity and processing power along with weight are all concerns and that's probably the most sensible way to tackle the issue. You could use a small patch cable like you see on a analog synth and similar in look to a ear piece to relay power from the neck collar device to the headset/glasses and also a wifi connection between the two. The required processing could be handled by the neck piece itself while the headset/glasses just streams and displays what's necessary. The FPGA tech allows for a lot possibilities as well being reconfigurable in fact portions of the tech could be configured to be turned off and save power. I don't see FPGA being the only chip tech involved a portion of it cleverly could really go a long ways at the same time. You could even a pair of arm bands connected to the neck collar that also charge off body heat and a small patch cable interconnection between the two as well that could contain more embedded power and battery storage along with the perks of more body heat energy generation.
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Bones
Frick
Like a phone you mean.
Yeah, like that except this can literally stream what's it's "Seeing" since it's wireless..... Like a phone.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Bones
Yeah, like that except this can literally stream what's it's "Seeing" since it's wireless..... Like a phone.
Yeah but ... I mean if you can't use stuff that can be abused by "big brother", what are you doing with a computer, browsing the web?
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Caring1
Jomale
How it looks in real life

So like every pensioner that wears two sets at once? :roll:
Is there going to be a ban on wearing these while driving?
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