Lenovo's augmented reality headset comes bundled with a lightsaber
The D23 annual convention was held on July 15 this year, and among the Star Wars related gear, Disney teased a new videogame called Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, which works on a soon-to-be-revealed augmented reality system built by Lenovo. The presentation video shows a woman putting on the Lenovo headset and turning on a lightsaber that is supposedly included in the game bundle.
Lenovo confirmed to Tom's Hardware that the peripheral is not just a prop. Lenovo obtained a license to integrate the lightsaber peripheral with the latest Star Wars: Jedi Challenges game. Unfortunately, the video doesn’t tease any in-game footage, but from what we can see, the headset doesn’t feature any cables, being similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens. The similarities don’t stop here: the front features a large panoramic lens and behind it there are two camera lenses that provide spatial tracking, plus two smaller panels that display the digital content. An interesting addition comes in the form of two black flaps under the lens, which are supposed to block the external light entering near the cheeks. The headset is most likely powered by a Qualcomm SoC. As for the lightsaber peripheral, it seems to have working mechanical buttons and the tip glows blue, presumably helping the headset to track the spatial position of the lightsaber.
Disney did not specify when the game bundle is going to be available, but the video mentions the usual “coming soon”.