Lenovo announces ThinkReality AR to rival HoloLens

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Lenovo has launched ThinkReality, a new augmented reality (AR) platform and headset for enterprise that could rival Microsoft’s HoloLens 2.

ThinkReality is a hardware and software solution aimed at enterprise workers who use AR applications to receive assistance, reduce repair times, eliminate errors, streamline complex workflows, improve training quality and collaborate.

Lenovo has geared ThinkReality toward the same market as the HoloLens 2, and promised that users will be able to pin, interact and collaborate with three-dimensional (3D) digital information in the real world, improving their contextual awareness and efficiency.

The platform is “device and cloud agnostic, making it easy for enterprise customers to adopt and manage AR and VR software applications across multiple operating systems, cloud services, and devices”. The HoloLens 2, meanwhile, has been partnered with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and a developer edition has been unveiled to encourage third parties to build apps.

The device in question is the new ThinkReality A6, a lightweight, heads-up, hands free mobile headset.

Lenovo’s headset weighs 380g (0.83lbs) and has a 40-degree diagonal field of view with 1080p resolution per eye.

It uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile XR platform in the Android compute box and features waveguide optics by Lumus inside an Intel Movidius vision processing unit.

Lenovo is launching ThinkReality as a developer programme with global enterprise accounts. No details on pricing have been released, but the ThinkReality A6 will have a limited release in Q3 of this year.

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