ThinkReality A3 smart glasses built for business and industrial users

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The ThinkReality A3 smart glasses from Lenovo are a next generation augmented reality solution for business and industrial users

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➨ The ThinkReality A3 device tethers to a PC or select Motorola smartphones via a USB-C cable, depending on the needs of the user
➨ Two editions will be available for business and industrial users
➨ Although no price has been confirmed, the Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses will be available in select markets worldwide from mid-2021

The story

Lenovo is targeting businesses and industrial users with the new ThinkReality A3 smart glasses unveiled at CES 2021 this week.

The ThinkReality A3 device, Lenovo’s first addition to this line-up since the A6 in 2019, tethers to a PC or select Motorola smartphones via a USB-C cable, depending on the needs of the user.

Despite being called ‘smart glasses’, this is an augmented reality device. The glasses are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1, which delivers stereoscopic 1080p displays capable of showing up to five virtual displays, according to Lenovo.

An 8MP RGB camera also provides 1080p video for remote expert use cases while the dual fish-eye cameras provide room-scale tracking.

The ThinkReality A3 PC Edition is aimed at business users in financial services, architecture and engineering, or any sector or industry whose remote and mobile workers face space and privacy limitations.

This edition tethers to a laptop or mobile workstation, ideally Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops and mobile workstations powered by Intel and AMD Ryzen processors, to enable users to position multiple, large virtual monitors in their field of view and use Windows software tools and applications.

Lenovo says virtual monitors expand the value of PCs, creating more productivity, privacy and immersive experiences.

The ThinkReality A3 Industrial Edition tethers to Motorola smartphones using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series processor or better, and DisplayPort capability. This provides for hands-free, augmented reality-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.

Lenovo envisions the industrial edition being deployed in scenarios from factory floors and laboratories to busy retail and hospitality spaces, primarily for remote assistance, guided workflows, and 3D visualisation.

‘The ThinkReality A3 enhances workers’ abilities to do more wherever they are’

Jon Pershke, vice president of strategy and emerging business in the intelligent device group at Lenovo, describes the ThinkReality A3 smart glasses as “a next generation augmented reality solution”.

He continues: “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.”

Although no price has been confirmed, the Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses will be available in select markets worldwide from mid-2021.

The new ThinkReality A3 smart glasses will complement a growing immersive technology for enterprise platform at Lenovo.

Built around ThinkReality, Lenovo also offers the A6, which includes a full-featured sensor array, expandable memory, 1080p resolution waveguide optics, and a removable battery for extended use of the head mounted display.

For education and training, Lenovo offers the Mirage VR S3 all-in-one headset, while those in need of advanced, high-performance mixed reality and virtual reality applications can access a portfolio of workstations certified to work with various Varjo headsets. Lenovo is also a reseller of Varjo solutions.

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