Smart glasses are nothing new, but they are still too expensive or impractical for most people to wear. Lenovo’s new glasses may be different…as long as they’re available to buy.
Lenovo Glasses T1, announced today, is intended to be a “portable private display for on-the-go content consumption.” Unlike Google Glass, Microsoft HoloLens, and other augmented reality headsets, the T1 is just an external display for other devices, not a standalone computer. The glasses are not wireless, which means there is no battery to hold a charge, but there is a cable that runs from the back of the glasses.
Lenovo says the glasses should work with anything that supports video output over USB Type-C. That includes many of the best laptops, the iPad Air and Pro, and some Android phones and tablets. There will also be an optional adapter for use with iPhones and other iPads with a Lightning connector.
The goggles have a micro-OLED screen, with a 1920 x 1080 resolution for each eye and a 60Hz frame rate. That refresh rate would be too slow for VR gaming, but the T1 is strictly for work. productivity and regular gaming: Think of it like an external display, but directly in front of your eyes instead of on a desk or wall.
Lenovo has already sold smart glasses to companies for corporate use, but the T1 appears to be the company’s first glasses for regular buyers. Unfortunately, there is no specific information on prices or availability yet. The Lenovo Glasses T1 will arrive in China at the end of 2022, where they will be called “Lenovo Yoga Glasses”, and will arrive in “select other markets” in 2023.