Lenovo’s ThinkReality AR glasses can project virtual desktops into your eyes

Days before CES 2021 officially kicks off, Lenovo has announced a new pair of AR glasses that could have a particularly useful feature for people working from home. The ThinkReality A3 are a new pair of smart glasses that use augmented reality to project up to five virtual workspaces right in front of your eyes.

It’s a multi-monitor setup like no other. In a day when we all struggle to find a suitable workspace at home, it could really come in handy.

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“A3 is the next-generation augmented reality solution — light, powerful and versatile,” said Jon Pershke, Lenovo’s vice president of strategy and new business. “Whether they’re working in virtual spaces or supporting remote assistance, ThinkReality A3 enhances workers’ abilities to do more wherever they are.”

Lenovo has been working in the VR and AR space for years, jumping between the Windows Mixed Reality platform and its own. But the A3 is the first to be built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 platform, which delivers the “high quality performance” needed to support stereoscopic 1080p displays.

Lenovo hasn’t shown visuals of what these AR displays will look like, but the idea is that they would function as a physical secondary monitor in Windows. Using Lenovo’s ThinkReality software, you can position and resize these virtual monitors however you like. “Immersive but not isolating” is how Lenovo describes the experience of wearing them. So whether you don’t have room for multiple monitors at home or because you no longer have a personal desk space in your office, the A3 glasses give you that option as long as you have your laptop with you.

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Who really needs five virtual screens? Well, Lenovo says it’s showing the A3 Glasses to customers in very specific industries, such as finance, architecture and engineering.

“Conceptually, you can think about what they mean,” Adam Howes, director of global product management for ThinkPad, told Digital Trends. “But when our customers put them on, they got dizzy. They really unleash all these possibilities of possible scenarios.”

Howes focused on the example of day trading, a profession that requires access to real-time data streams, usually in the form of many monitors. The A3 could, in theory, allow such a person to carry their work on the go. The icing on the cake is the fact that this information is completely private to the wearer of the glasses.

Unfortunately, the A3 requires you to be connected to your computer via a USB-C cable. The glasses work with laptops with Intel and AMD processors, as well as Motorola smartphones.

Lenovo says the A3 glasses “fit like sunglasses,” though the company didn’t provide weight information. They look less bulky than Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 glasses. Lenovo says they also fit comfortably in front of prescription glasses.

The A3 Glasses also include an 8-megapixel 1080p camera, which Lenovo thinks could be used for “remote use cases.” The package includes dual fisheye cameras for room-level monitoring.

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Lenovo also has an industrial edition ThinkReality A3 glasses, which only work with select Motorola phones. These are purely commercial solutions, for use in industrial scenarios such as factories or laboratories, as well as retail or hospitality spaces that require hands-free operation.

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Lenovo didn’t provide pricing details, but both versions of the ThinkReality A3 smart glasses will be available in mid-2021.

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