With Microsoft fully focused on the enterprise market with HoloLens 2, Lenovo seems to be ahead with its new augmented reality headset.
May 13 at its Accelerate Conference in Orlando Lenovo unveiled the ThinkReality platform in Florida, which includes a corporate-grade augmented reality headset that actually lends a variety of HoloLens 2 design elements. These include connected devices, sensors, and a development platform that enables businesses to deploy augmented reality tools to apps for the headset.
Apps created on the ThinkReality platform can display digital content in the user environment. So they can keep their hands free for the task at hand. The apps can also run on multiple operating systems, and the platform can also be integrated with various cloud services such as Amazon Web Services or the Microsoft Azure platform. In other words, Microsoft Azure cloud customers might decide to use the Lenovo headset and sensors instead of (or next to) HoloLens and Azure Kinect sensors.
"More than ever before, customers want to connect the physical world with the digital world. Implementing IoT and AI solutions to enable business transformation Collaboration with trusted partners that provide infrastructures and services that simplify IoT is essential crucial, "said Sam George, director of Azure Internet of Things at Microsoft Corp. in the Lenovo announcement. "Our new IoT partnership with Lenovo combines Lenovo's Microsoft Azure platform and ThinkIoT solution portfolio with hardware, software and services to significantly reduce the payback period for our joint customers."
The headset is not running under Windows, but under Android Oreo
The design of the ThinkReality A6 is due to the HoloLens 2, but it's another machine under the hood. While the headset has a 6800 mAh battery, Lenovo has shifted processing to a connected computer instead of embedding it in the headset (and the bright red cable with the white Lenovo logo gives it a chance to slightly differentiate its appearance ).  Since Lenovo follows the approach of the connected headset, it makes sense that the headset runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 XR mobile platform, which allows headset manufacturers to either run their hardware on portable computer packages or smartphones (as Nreal does the case is) light). For comparison: The HoloLens 2 packs a Snapdragon 850, which is designed for Windows 10.
Otherwise, the ThinkReality A6 includes the sensors (RGB camera, depth sensor, inertial measurement unit, microphones, and speakers) and the visual processing unit to support voice and gesture input, environmental tracking, and view / head tracking (although the headset has one of these features) Handheld controller with three degrees of freedom).
The overall result of the connected computer and the included components According to the headset, the ThinkReality A6 weighs slightly less than the HoloLens 2 (566 grams) at 380 grams. The difference is in the order of magnitude of the weight of a 180 gram record.
In terms of optics, Lenovo achieves a resolution of 1080p, compared to the 2k resolution that achieves HoloLens 2. The ThinkReality A6 also features a 40-degree diagonal field of view that stands out from the HoloLens 2 52-degree diagonal field of view .
The ThinkReality A6 will be equipped with Lumus waveguide displays. Lumus signed a licensing agreement in December 2017 with original design maker Quanta, a Lenovo supplier. At the time of this contract, Lumus had announced that wearables would come on the market with its waveguides in "12 to 18 months". Given that Lenovo expects a "limited release" of the ThinkReality A6 in the third quarter of 2019 (read: low volume), Lumus appears reasonably close to the forecast.
Lenovo did not announce a prize, but The Company found that the headset would be available to enterprise customers as a developer program.
Lenovo isn I'm no stranger to building AR headsets. The company has introduced several Smartglasses models that only companies appreciate. In collaboration with Wikitude, an Enterprise AR platform has been set up and the company acted as a hardware partner for the AR Star Wars: Jedi Challenges game set.
With a considerable success Due to the many years of experience with AR headsets, it is strange that Lenovo's recent development looks so much like the HoloLens 2. Nonetheless, Lenovo's diverse approach to hardware, components, and the cross-platform software ecosystem make the latest headset a compelling option for enterprise customers.