Lenovo Unveils its New ThinkReality AR Headset for Enterprise Workers
Lenovo has launched the ThinkReality A6 augmented reality platform which is built for the enterprise market and can be put into training applications or fieldwork. The AR platform brings a solutions-based approach to businesses which is based on both software and hardware. It will therefore be in direct competition for the business with the Microsoft HoloLens headset and its software platform.
The ThinkReality A6 is a true AR system that has been built to assist enterprise workers in various work applications. It also offers innumerable benefits in a business environment including eliminating errors, improving the quality of training, reducing the repair times, collaborating and streamlining complex workflows. The system will also help companies save money in enterprise applications.
With the ThinkReality platform, enterprise users will be able to pin, interact and collaborate with 3D digital content in the real world thereby helping enhance the contextual awareness and efficiency of tasks or processes. The augmented reality platform is both device- and cloud-agnostic so enterprise users will be able to easily deploy it in adopting and managing augmented reality and virtual reality applications across multiple platforms including multiple operating systems, devices and cloud services.
The system includes the 1080p (per eye) headset along with an ecosystem that can be interfaced with the existing enterprise systems. The system will also provide compatibility with the existing AR content and give access to deep user and device management software. The Lenovo ThinkReality A6 headset and ecosystem now goes head-to-head with Microsoft’s HoloLens enterprise platform, competing for the AT mindshare in a fast-growing market.
The Lenovo system aims to tap at the high-potential and increasingly fast-growing augmented reality market. Unlike VR which is still heavily consumer-focused, augmented reality is gaining a lot of currency in the enterprise market. Increasingly, AR application is becoming a regular feature in the workplace, particularly in high-tech and heavy industries. With the Lenovo ThinkReality A6, this market now has an expanded choice of headsets to pick from. Lenovo might even slice into the Microsoft market and grab some of those buyers who were originally destined for the HoloLens.
The Lenovo headset has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and dual 1080p displays. These specs are significantly superior to those of the first-generation Microsoft HoloLens devices which offered users a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720. However, they still fall below those of the recently unveiled HoloLens 2 which provides users with a resolution of 1440p per eye. The Lenovo resolution is therefore an intermediate between the two generations of the HoloLens-HoloLens and HoloLens 2.
The Lenovo ThinkReality A6 headset has a 40-degrees diagonal FOV which is higher than that of the second-generation Microsoft HoloLens headset. The headset also supports multiple input options including gaze tracking, three degrees of freedom (3DOF) inside-out tracking, voice recognition and gesture support capabilities.
Its 6800mAh battery will last up to 4 hours of continuous use at a time which is great for enterprise users and the hardware design works even for users wearing prescription glasses.
At just 380g, it is a lightweight headset that will be comfortable to wear. The visuals are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SOC. The ThinkReality A6 device is also equipped with a barcode reader as well as fish-eye cameras to give users a pass-through video functionality.
The headset has been built with enterprise users in mind. Some of the use-cases that Lenovo has cited with respect to its ThinkReality system include industrial training and manufacturing. Like the Hololens 2, it would also be ideal for remote assistance applications. There are areas where it will offer real advantages and bring about improvements in efficiency and safety. It’s also a great device for 3D rendering so it will come in handy for both artists and architects that want to render their creations in 3D.
A strong advantage of the headset is the fact it runs on Android which is great from an accessibility standpoint. Its hardware, environment and cloud agnostic allowing for seamless compatibility with a very broad spectrum of augmented reality software.
Lenovo has yet to specify the release date and pricing information for its ThinkReality A6 system but given the amount information released so far in the announcement and its marketing literature, it won’t be long before the system hits the market.