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CES 2021 | Lenovo introduces its new enterprise-grade ThinkReality A3 smart glasses

The new ThinkReality A3 glasses. (Source: Lenovo)
The new ThinkReality A3 glasses. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo has made an ambitious leap into the business end of AR glasses with the new ThinkReality A3s. Their lenses are 1080p displays for their potential mixed-reality (MR) or heads-up display content. They also have dual RGB cameras to orient this view, and come in smartphone- or laptop-tethered USB type C variants.

An increasing number of professionals who still work on-site in this day and age know that a job that involves wearing glasses for augmented reality- (AR) assisted tasks is not just for the future anymore. Lenovo has come to CES 2021 to stake a name for itself in this game with the new ThinkReality A3 product.

The OEM claims that the set is "one of the most advanced and versatile enterprise smart glasses to come to market". To that end, the user may be more able to customize and optimize their AR or MR work-space while wearing these frames.

They weigh less than 130g and have a distinctly all-business look. The ThinkReality A3s may not have quite as streamlined a design as some other new pairs, although this is rationalized in their accommodation for different 'world-facing' inserts for the frames, which can also be prescription if necessary. The frames are also IP54-certified for some peace of mind when it comes to durability.

Therefore, the user may be confident of seeing clearly with their dual 1080p 45 pixel per degree (ppd) lenses. They are also ANSI Z87.1- and DisplayPort 1.4-compliant. On that note, they connect to a user's device so as to project their content onto the environment via a USB type C to C cable.

The Lenovo ThinkReality A3s have 2 "editions": one that can connect to a Windows PC for this purpose, or an "Industrial" SKU that can be tethered to select Motorola phones (yet to be listed by the OEM). Once hooked up, the glasses can read barcodes, spot specific objects, recognize images and respond to voice or gesture commands for the user.

The glasses also have a fisheye-lens 8MP RGB camera on the outer corner of each lens to support these increasingly every-workday AR functions. They also help with the ThinkReality A3s' user head-tracking and room-scale tracking, which works in 6 degrees of freedom. All this is controlled by Qualcomm's XR1 SmartViewer platform.

Therefore, Lenovo asserts that the ThinkReality A3 smart glasses fits into its upcoming "comprehensive digital solutions" that comprise its CES 2021 business showcase.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01-10 (Update: 2021-01- 5)