Lenovo unveils Mirage VR S3 headset for enterprise

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The new Lenovo Mirage VR S3 headset, priced under $450 in the US, is designed specifically for enterprise use, as commercial AR/VR lead Nathan Pettyjohn revealed at the online VRARA Global Summit today

In brief

➨What? VRARA Global Summit
➨ When? 1 June to 3 June 2020
➨ Where? Online
➨ How much? Free, but paid-for options are available

In full

Lenovo commercial AR/VR lead Nathan Pettyjohn used his keynote speech at the online VRARA Global Summit today to unveil the new Lenovo Mirage VR S3 headset, available through the ThinkReality platform.

The commercial VR headset, priced under $450 in the US, is designed specifically for enterprise customers. Pettyjohn said: “Our enterprise customers are looking for solutions to build and enable more skilled and efficient global workforces. They are increasingly looking for cutting-edge solutions like VR and AR supported by ThinkReality’s flexible platform to scale applications enterprise-wide.”

The Lenovo Mirage VR S3 is an all-in-one headset developed in partnership with Pico Interactive. It features a 4K display for clearer visuals, hands-free control for utilisation with or without the provided controller, and an easy to clean, hygienic face plate suitable for mass use. Built with integrated audio and up to three hours of battery life, the new VR headset is rugged, lightweight and ready to scale within businesses.

The new Lenovo Mirage VR S3 headset, priced under $450 in the US, is designed specifically for enterprise use
With Mirage VR S3 included in the Lenovo VR Classroom 2 education solution, learning and training look like key use cases for the new headset

Pettyjohn said ease of use was key for Lenovo when developing the headset. A version was initially developed for VR Classroom 2, with users reporting longer battery life and the ability to use while stationary as important requirements.

With Mirage VR S3 included in the Lenovo VR Classroom 2 education solution, learning and training look like key use cases for the new headset. Pettyjohn identified HR and sales training as other key areas of focus, with enterprise customers calling for a three degrees of freedom device.

“VR helps achieve better, faster training at lower cost. Our enterprise customers are looking for solutions to build and enable more skilled and efficient global workforces. They are increasingly looking for cutting-edge solutions like VR and AR supported by ThinkReality’s flexible platform to scale applications enterprise-wide.”

Nathan Pettyjohn, Lenovo

Pettyjohn said: “VR helps achieve better, faster training at lower cost. Our enterprise customers are looking for solutions to build and enable more skilled and efficient global workforces. They are increasingly looking for cutting-edge solutions like VR and AR supported by ThinkReality’s flexible platform to scale applications enterprise-wide.”

Supporting the Mirage VR S3 headset with ThinkReality means enterprise customers will be able to deploy and manage applications and content on a global scale and access pre-built management tools and a robust IT portal that allows for management of user applications and devices.

Lenovo revealed at AWE Online 2020 last week that the company is bringing third-parties on board to develop certified solutions via ThinkReality for the benefit of its enterprise customers. One such partnership is with Clay AIR, whose native gesture recognition technology has been added to Lenovo’s A6 MR headset, meaning wearers can use their hands to navigate native and core operating system functions.

Another of these partnerships is Holo|One, the Swiss MR software company. Its Sphere solution is made up of modules for collaboration, remote assistance, and workflow and training. The collaboration tool will be offered as part of ThinkReality, with Lenovo underpinning a tailored offering that will be delivered some time in Q3.

The Lenovo Mirage VR S3 will be available in Q3 in North America, China, Japan, the UK, France and Spain.

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Main image: Lenovo Mirage VR S3