Have you ever tried Augmented Reality before?
To some extent, I think we've all had some exposure to it whether we've realized it or not; things like Pokemon Go, online vehicle demos, online store tours, and so much more, augmented reality has begun to permeate many different parts of our daily lives. Still, as active as we are as consumers, the market for higher tech AR seems to be in enterprise.
This week is the annual CES conference, an influential tech event where companies tend to announce new products and breakthrough technologies while networking with other global innovators. On Monday, Lenovo announced the impending arrival of their ThinkReality A3, which is a pair of enterprise AR glasses that seek to follow in the footsteps of products from companies like Microsoft and Epson.
According to Lenovo, "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."
These smart glasses are part of a comprehensive integrated digital solution that includes the AR device, ThinkReality software, and Motorola mobile phones. Lenovo Vice President of Strategy and Emerging Business, Intelligent Device Group, Jon Pershke, said that "Whether working in virtual spaces or supporting remote assistance, the ThinkReality A3 enhances workers' abilities to do more wherever they are."
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The ThinkReality A3 PC edition will tether to a laptop or mobile workstation, which will enable users to position multiple large virtual monitors in their field of view while, use Windows software tools and applications, and more. The virtual monitors are optimized and compatible with Lenovo's leading ThinkPad laptops and mobile workstations powered by Intel and AMD Ryzen processors. Lenovo believes that their ThinkReality A3 will create more productivity, privacy, and immersive experiences in industries such as finance, architecture, and engineering, among others.
You can learn more about Lenovo's ThinkReality A3 on their press room page here.
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