Lenovo releases wearable device T1 glasses
Lenovo gave us a tour of its latest products at the "Tech Life 2022 Virtual Exhibition", where the Lenovo T1 glasses caught our attention. The new device also appeared at last week's IFA event, where participants had the chance to get a glimpse of the wearable device. At first glance, it appears to be an ordinary pair of sun-shading sunglasses, but it does more than that. As described by Lenovo, the T1 glasses promise to provide a "wearable, private display for on-the-go content consumption," essentially making it a portable viewing screen for all types of users.
Lenovo T1 glasses are not the first wearable technology in the form of glasses. We've already had the Razer Anzu, Ray-Ban Stories, Nreal Air, TCL NxtWear Air, and the failed Snapchat Spectacles. Lenovo has also previously released more advanced smart glasses, such as the stumpy augmented reality headset Lenovo ThinkReality A6 Smart Glasses and the the $1,499 ThinkReality A3 smart glasses. The Lenovo T1 glasses have the same concept as the latter, and when you wear them, you can place a secondary screen or virtual display in front of your eyes. However, the T1 glasses are geared towards the average consumer, unlike the ThinkReality A3, which was initially aimed at professionals. the T1 glasses are stripped of the actual VR or AR features present in other wearable glasses, but it still has something to brag about, especially in terms of the lower price tag, which is something many people are looking forward to.
Other than that, the Lenovo T1 glasses are marketed for its practicality. Unlike the ThinkReality A3, the T1 glasses have a lighter body due to the lack of sensors and other hardware. This makes it more comfortable in terms of weight. It also has replaceable nose pads, adjustable temple arms, and an attachable frame that can accommodate custom prescription lenses. To prevent eye strain and promote one-hour wearability, the T1 glasses are TUV Low Blue Light and TUV Flicker Reduction certified. However, please note that it is not like other smart glasses on the market. You can't wear it while walking around because it's supposed to be attached to a device, and the glasses themselves are designed to project a mini-display, not the environment in front of you.
The device complements a variety of devices, which is what we all like about it. Thanks to its USB-C connection, it works well on many Android, Windows and MacOS devices. In addition, Lenovo is targeting iOS users by allowing it to work on devices equipped with a Lightning connector via an optional adapter. For those who prefer Motorola's "Ready For" interface, there is also an option that allows the app to work in desktop mode. Once connected, the device to which the glasses are attached will let you browse through the apps and view their display from within the glasses. You can also have the screen move with your head, or lock it in one place so you can look as far away as needed.
The T1 glasses have a resolution of 1920 X 1080 per eye and use micro-OLED display technology with a contrast ratio of 10,000:1, which means you can see images in excellent detail despite the small size of the display. The refresh rate is 60Hz, and while it's not the same as other smart glasses (the Nreal Air, for example, has a 90Hz refresh rate), it should be fine for general use from viewing documents to playing games.
It also has a pair of high-fidelity built-in speakers, plus control buttons that make it an instant viewing device for personal clips and other NSFW videos. The wearable will rely on power from other devices it's connected to, so measuring its power usage is still impossible, although Lenovo says the T1 glasses have "low overall power consumption.
Lenovo is presenting the T1 glasses as a useful device for viewing sensitive documents and files, because when you wear it, it will form a virtual display directly. This makes the glasses useful for business travelers who are in the habit of working on trains or dining in cafes or using their laptops or phones in public places. Nevertheless, with the growing market for gaming and video streaming, the brand is also hoping the new product will knock the interest of other casual users.
"As the computing power of mobile devices continues to grow," said Lenovo, "mobile gamers, road warriors and just about everyone else will benefit from the ability to carry a personal display in their pocket." The trend is clear; mobile device users want to be able to play more games and stream video. The global mobile gaming market is expected to reach $153 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 11.5%, while the video streaming market is expected to reach $972 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 18.1%."
The Lenovo T1 Glasses are expected to be available in China by the end of this year and then to select markets in 2023. While the price of the glasses has still not been revealed, the extensive reports and Lenovo's intention to make it a consumer favorite give us a hunch that it will be more affordable than the company's previous smart glasses launches. While it's not as advanced as other smart glasses on the market, its compact size, expected cheaper price, and straightforward practical purpose could make the Lenovo T1 Glasses a popular product for many today.