Now that Microsoft has focused on the corporate market with HoloLens 2, it looks like Lenovo is happy to play subsequent leaders with its new magnified reality head.
On May 13, at its accelerating conference in Orlando, Florida, the Lenovo ThinkReality platform, which includes a business-focused, augmented reality game – which actually borrows a lot of design buttons from the HoloLens 2 – unveiled along with connected devices, sensors, and a business development platform. tools for creating increased reality apps for the headset.
Apps built on the ThinkReality platform can show digital content in the user's environment, making it allow them to keep their hands free for the task at hand. The apps can also work across multiple operating systems, and the platform can also be integrated into various cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure's platform. In other words, Microsoft Azure cloud customers may choose to deploy Lenovo headsets and sensors instead of (or next to) HoloLens and Azure Kinect sensors.
"More than ever, customers want to connect the physical world to the digital world and to implement IoT and AI solutions to enable business transformations. Working with trusted partners that can provide infrastructure and services that simplify IoT is critical," says Sam. George, head of the Azure Internet of Things at Microsoft Corp. in the Lenovo message. "Our new IoT partnership with Lenovo brings together the Microsoft Azure platform and Lenovo's ThinkIoT hardware, software and services portfolio to dramatically increase the time value for our Common customers. "
Even the headset is running on Android Oreo rather than Windows, which opens the device up to a broad ecosystem of mobile app developers.
The design of ThinkReality A6 is a big debt to HoloLens 2, but it is another machine under While the headset packs a 6800 mAh battery, Lenovo has relieved the processing of a sealed computer in place easy to embed them in the headset (and the bright red cable with the white lettering Lenovo logo makes it possible to separate the series).  As Lenovo goes with the wireless headset approach, it makes sense that the headset runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 XR mobile platform, allowing headset manufacturers to either run the hardware on portable data packets or smartphones (as is the case with Nreal Light). In comparison, HoloLens 2 contains a Snapdragon 850, which is suitable for Windows 10.
Otherwise, the ThinkReality A6 contains the sensors (RGB camera, depth transducer, inertial meter, microphone and speaker) and the visual processing unit to support voice and gesture, environmental tracking and instant / head tracking (although the headset also includes a three degree freedom hand holders to complement these features).
The sum of the bound computer and the components of the headset is that the ThinkReality A6 weighs a little narrower at 380 grams compared to the HoloLens 2, which measures 566 grams. The difference is about the weight of a 180-gram vinyl record.
From the optics angle, Lenovo reaches 1080p resolution, compared to the 2k resolution that HoloLens 2 achieves. ThinkReality A6 also offers a 40-degree diagonal field of view, one step down from 52-degree diagonal field of view in HoloLens 2.
ThinkReality A6 will present waveguide screens from Lumus, which licensed the original design manufacturer Quanta , a supplier of Lenovo, in December 2017. At the time of the agreement, Lumus said laptops with their waveguides would hit the market at "12 to 18 months". Considering that Lenovo estimates a "limited release" of ThinkReality A6 in the third quarter of 2019 (read: low volume of units), it appears that Lumus was reasonably close to the pin at its forecasting.
Lenovo did not disclose a price, but the company noted that the headset would be available as a business development software.
Lenovo isn It is not a stranger to build AR headsets. The company has introduced several smart glass models that only companies could love, collaborated with Wikitude to create an AR platform for business, and the company has served as a hardware partner for the game war Star Wars: Jedi Challenge AR.
With a significant amount of institutional experience in AR headsets, it is curious that Lenovo's latest effort looks like HoloLens 2. Yet Lenovo's varied approach to hardware, components, and platform system software makes its latest headset a compelling option for corporate customers.