Lenovo is one of the few consumer electronics brands that seriously examines augmented reality (XR) wearables and already has some high-end products on the market. Take, for example, ThinkReality A3 smart glasses, which bring the benefits of augmented reality to a device that looks a lot like a regular pair of sunglasses. However, the company’s latest smart glasses eschew the ambitions of the Metaverse and take a different path to become a more personal entertainment hub.
Smart glasses are nothing new, but they are still too expensive or impractical for most people. Lenovo’s new bezels may look different … when they’re available for purchase.
Announced today ahead of IFA 2022, Lenovo Glasses T1 are intended as “portable privacy screen for on-the-go content consumption“. Unlike Google Glass, Microsoft’s HoloLens and other augmented reality headsets, T1’s are just an external display for other devices – it is not a standalone computer. The glasses are not wireless, which means there is no battery to charge, but there is a cable running from the back of the glasses.
Lenovo says the glasses should work with anything that supports video output over USB Type-C. This includes many of the best laptops, iPad Air and Pro, and some Android smartphones and tablets. There will also be an optional adapter for iPhones and other iPads with a Lightning connector.
Glasses are provided a Micro-OLED screen, with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels for each eye and a 60Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate would be too slow for VR games, but T1’s are strictly for productivity work and traditional play – think of them as an external display, but placed directly in front of your eyes instead of being mounted on a desk or wall.
A screen in front of your eyes!
In fact, the idea behind Glasses T1 is that of serve as a more personal secondary display that fits in your pocket and requires no complex processing hardware or batteries go with. Lenovo did not explain to what extent the compatibility with apps from different software platforms is, but it does say that they will work with the Ready For platform offered with Motorola smartphones and Lenovo computers. Ready For is Lenovo’s version of Samsung’s DeX, which allows users to view their smartphone screen on a larger screen. Users can also pair accessories such as a keyboard to do serious work on the larger connected display. From gaming to streaming Netflix, Ready For should handle everything you can do on your smartphone screen and, by extension, T1 Glasses too.
Lenovo has already sold smart glasses to businesses for professional use, but the T1s appear to be the company’s first pair of glasses aimed at mainstream buyers. Unfortunately, there is no specific pricing or availability information yet.
Lenovo Glasses T1 will arrive in China at the end of 2022where they will be called “Lenovo Yoga Glasses”, and will arrive in “some other markets” in 2023.