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Lenovo's augmented reality headset comes bundled with a lightsaber

Lenovo confirms the lightsaber is not a prop. It has working mechanical buttons and it's tracked by the headset. (Source: Disney)
Lenovo confirms the lightsaber is not a prop. It has working mechanical buttons and it's tracked by the headset. (Source: Disney)
Disney teased the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges game bundled with a Lenovo augmented reality headset and a lightsaber peripheral at the D23 convention. Lenovo's headset is similar to Microsoift's HoloLens.

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”.

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Bogdan Solca, 2017-07-19 (Update: 2017-07-19)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.