Published on May 15th, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Lenovo Launches Enterprise AR/VR Headset, the ‘ThinkReality A6′
Another manufacturer into the AR headset market is a good thing. Matthew Finnegan at Computerworld gives us the lowdown on a new product that has some interesting features. It is lightweight (although has a power pack) and it is device and platform agnostic. The real positive to come out of this is that more companies will be entering the AR playground and making the technology more common. More experience helps us all.
Augmented reality’s potential is on the rise as new enterprise use cases emerge. Lenovo hopes to position its device as a rival to Microsoft’s HoloLens.
Lenovo is the latest manufacturer to develop an augmented reality (AR) device aimed at enhancing productivity for enterprise workers, along with a software platform for app creation.
The ThinkReality A6 is a “heads-up, hands free” mobile visor that overlays 3D graphics onto real-world environments. The headset, reminiscent of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 device, has a 40-degree diagonal field of view, with 1080p resolution per eye. Launch date and pricing for the set-up, unveiled on Monday, has not yet been announced.
This is not the Chinese firm’s first foray into the virtual reality (VR) market. A mixed-reality Windows headset was launched last year, for example, as well as the standalone Mirage Solo. However the ThinkReality A6 headset is designed specifically for the enterprise, such as for industrial workers.
Potential benefits include the ability for field technicians to receive remote assistance, reducing repair times and eliminating errors as well as improving training quality and offering new ways to collaborate.
The device weighs 380 grams, making it one of the lightest headsets on the market, Lenovo said. The light weight was achieved in part by Lenovo’s decision to house computing components on a separate, tethered device that can be worn on a belt, reducing the headset’s weight. (Fatigue can be an issue for workers who use a headset for hours at a time.)
“We have engineered this product in partnership with a number of industrial and healthcare customers, who explained that the number one issue of the products on the market is the weight distribution, to really use a product like this in a day-long environment,” said Christian Teismann, senior vice president for Lenovo’s commercial business, during a keynote presentation at Lenovo Accelerate in Orlando, Fla. this week.
Enterprise opportunity attracts tech vendors
AR and VR have so far failed to gain signification traction with consumers, but interest is higher in the enterprise. Commercial deployments will account for a large proportion of the $20.4 billion forecast to be spent on these kinds of devices this year, according to IDC; that’s up from $12.1 billion in 2018.