Lenovo, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of PCs is now looking to conquer another industry: the business of Smart Glasses. When completed, Lenovo’s first product line will begin with a nationwide release in China. The company has partnered with a tech group in the US called Vuzix that works with augmented reality headsets and mobile displays.
“Lenovo is always seeking new and innovative products that merge and integrate technology into products that offer our customers a high degree of functionality and convenience,” said Yuli Bai, Vice President of the Lenovo Group. “The advent of wearable technologies, and specifically smart glasses, exceeds that goal and provides a new level of mobility in computing and communications systems.”
Vuzix’s augmented reality headsets won the ‘best of innovation’ category at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, and the swish new gear has been paired with Lenovo technology to create the prototype. The Smart Glasses are meant to be used by businessmen and women, but Lenovo may expand its target market in the future.
The device itself runs on Android (though iOS compatibility may also be developed in the near future) and has features such as voice recognition, local mapping and cloud-sharing. It also has a camera that can record videos and photos, supports Bluetooth 4.0 and has access to thousands of existing applications. It was developed with an integrated head-tracking and GPS system and unlike Google Glass; its dangling battery pack is placed around the back of the users’ neck.
Lenovo’s Smart Glass is part of a new brand being launched under the umbrella of ‘New Business Development.’ The company is attempting to encourage hardware manufacturers and developers to partner with them and help create products for this brand and another product series they are creating called the ‘Internet of Things’.
“Right now, there are too many kinds of devices you can develop for the Internet of Things. It’s too rich. Not one company can do it all,” said Lenovo’s Senior Vice President Chen Xudong, in a statement.
Lenovo’s Smart Glass technology will be released for a testing period in China this fall, with the current considered price is rumored to be around $1000.