Lenovo is clearly hungry to make its mark in VR and AR; the company’s just announced a new AR headset, making it the fourth head-mounted display we’ve seen from it so far this year.
daystAR, as the device is called, was revealed at the TechWorld conference this week, though it’s only a concept right now. The device appears to be full standalone with an onboard vision processing unit, optical display, and free-formed surfaced lenses that allow for a 40-degree field of view (FOV), which is similar to the FOV on Microsoft’s HoloLens.
During the show, Lenovo showcased the headset being used to help repair an aircraft engine in a display that looks very similar to something you’d see on HoloLens.
There’s really not much more to say on it for now other than that Lenovo is also teasing its own AR Platform for developers to release content on. This platform will apparently offer services such as Cloud Object Recognition, Remote Assistance, Multiplayer Interaction, and a 3D Content Manager. Looks like this might not be a Windows 10 Mixed Reality device, then, which is strange considering the company is releasing a VR headset under that brand later this year.
This marks Lenovo’s second AR announcement this week. At Disney’s D23 event last weekend the company also teased a device that looks to pair with a smartphone and is used specifically to play a new Star Wars game. That certainly seems to be on the lower end of what the company is doing with AR, especially stacked up next to daystAR.
Elsewhere, Lenovo is also making a standalone VR headset using Google’s new WorldSense platform, that should also be releasing this year just like its Windows 10 device. The company looks like it’s throwing everything it’s got at VR and AR, the only question is: what will stick?