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Lenovo Glasses T1, first contact

Augmented reality glasses have been with us for a few years now and Lenovo is one of the companies that has long been committed to this type of device that allows the superimposition of virtual elements to be combined with the reality that surrounds us.

Its latest novelty has been the Lenovo Glasses T1, a model of augmented reality glasses that is integrated into a relatively discreet design with a format similar to that of sunglasses. It is a model that requires an external device to work, such as a PC, mobile or tablet. They are equipped with a Micro OLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution per eye, with a contrast of 10000:1 with 60 Hz operating frequency and have their own integrated headphones.

At the IFA 2022 ShowStoppers we have been able to try them first-hand to get an idea of ​​the experience that these glasses offer.

Its design is somewhat bulkier than a pair of sunglasses to use, it is especially noticeable in the thickness they have, since the main hardware module is located in the upper area next to a presence sensor. This design allows them to be used over conventional glasses. They are quite comfortable to wear, although that thickness is noticeable and that they protrude forward.

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The screen they project is quite limited in size, and does not integrate with the environment. That is, we will see a screen quite close, but it will move with us and not be fixed, for example, to a wall. This screen is transparent, so we can see what is happening behind us.

In the operating mode with Android, which was the only one available in the demo, it shows us a menu with some of the main applications that we have in the operating system. We can see photos or videos, browse or use applications that we have installed. If we want to carry out more productive tasks such as office uses, for example, we will have to use them with a PC, or provide the mobile with a keyboard and mouse.

To move through the menus we have to use the mobile with an application that turns the terminal’s touch screen into a kind of trackpad. On the one hand, it is a fairly simple and precise control system. On the other hand, we have to have the mobile in hand with the corresponding cable. Cable that, by the way, we will have to always have connected to the source because they are not wireless.

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The idea behind Lenovo Glasses T1 is to function as a private personal screen for leisure or work. We would have liked that they could be integrated into the environment and leave the only projected screen fixed, since that would allow, for example, to have a kind of virtual office where the work screen was projected somewhere, but we did not have to see it continuously.

However, we fear that such a solution will require larger devices with a sensor system that would make them bulkier and more expensive. We also miss the ability to display more than one screen, but again, the way the T1 glasses are designed, it’s not something you can do.

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The representatives of the brand have told us that, although the price is not final yet, it should be slightly below 500 euros. Its price is not as crazy as other solutions, but its specifications and functionalities are more limited.

The image quality, perhaps due to the interface itself (with icons that are too big) and the fact that the screens are quite transparent, means that they may not be the best option when it comes to watching a movie. Therefore, in the absence of knowing all the possibilities that they can offer by connecting them to the PC, they are left a little halfway.

However, the path towards the popularization of this type of solutions for multimedia and work is that: leave aside cumbersome virtual reality or AR headsets, and go to more discreet and lightweight formats with increasingly attractive prices.

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