Lenovo’s new Mirage Solo standalone VR headset is headed to the classroom.
The company this month introduced the Lenovo Virtual Reality Classroom, offering VR field trips across the world to students without having to leave the room. The package, sold directly to schools, will include the Mirage Solo as well as the software needed to take students anytime, any place, anywhere.
Teachers will be able to use a Lenovo Tab 4 PLUS tablet, included in the package, to navigate students through experiences. The content, meanwhile, comes from Google Expeditions, the company’s own educational initiative that originally used Cardboard VR viewers to the same effect. That means more than 700 VR field trips are already available on Lenovo’s platform. It’s a logical move; the Mirage Solo is based on a reference design established by Google and uses the company’s Daydream mobile VR platform.
On top of that, the VR Classroom will have exclusive content from famed primatologist, Jane Goodall. The package also contains a tested lesson plan from Scholastic, access to monthly webinars for best practice sharing and consultation as well as an 18-month warranty.
The initiative is coming to the US first in April (perhaps hinting at when the commercial Mirage Solo itself will be released) and will arrive in Canada this fall. Packages start at $2899 for a three-student package and go up to 24 students, with a headset included for every student respectively. You can also add the new Mirage VR180 camera to the bundle.