Lenovo wearable private display puts a Mac monitor on your face


Lenovo wearable private display puts a Mac monitor on your face
Lenovo Glasses T1 promise a big screen experience without a big screen.
Photo: Lenovo

Take a walk out to the cutting edge with Lenovo Glasses T1, which put a tiny OLED screen in front of each eye where they offer a “portable and private big screen experience.” Users can even connect the wearable to their Mac, or to an iPhone for use on the go.

Lenovo touts the gaming and entertainment possibilities of the glasses, but also points out that they can be used for working on business documents in complete privacy.

Lenovo Glasses T1 are not AR/VR goggles

Numerous leaks point to Apple releasing a headset with support for virtual reality and augmented reality within the next year. That will supposedly be a much more complex product than what Lenovo unveiled on Thursday.

It’s put a pair of OLED screens into a pair of glasses, which the company calls a “wearable private display.” Functionally, these are the same as desktop monitors, except for their location. Glasses T1 has speakers in the stems, but there are no cameras or sensors as true VR headsets have.

“Every day, people all over the world are increasingly shifting to mobile devices for entertainment and productivity,” said Eric Yu, a SVP in Lenovo’s Intelligent Devices Group, in a statement. “Screen real-estate can be a big bottleneck in the user experience. With a solution like the Lenovo Glasses T1, users have a portable and private big screen experience and can get more value from their phones and laptops.”

Each OLED screen has a 1920-by-1080 pixel resolution, with a 60Hz refresh rate.

Lenovo Glasses T1
There are two small OLED screens in the Lenovo Glasses T1.
Image: Lenovo

Offers wide compatibility

The wearable needs a wired connection to a computer in order to act as its monitor. It supports USB-C connections from macOS, Windows or Android. It even can be connected to an iPhone via an adapter, though this might not be necessary if Apple switches its handset to USB-C.

There’ll be some time for Apple to make the change, as Lenovo won’t launch Glasses T1 outside of China until 2023. Pricing has not yet been revealed.


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