During Disney’s D23 convention on July 15, Lenovo and Disney released a teaser video for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, which featured an as-yet unannounced augmented reality system. The clip featured a woman putting on the mysterious Lenovo HMD and then picking up a lightsaber peripheral.
We repeat: A lightsaber peripheral for augmented reality. At first, we weren’t sure if it was a prop for the clip, or a real, honest-to-goodness peripheral device, but Lenovo confirmed to Tom’s Hardware that the peripheral is real. Disney gave Lenovo a license to create it as part of the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges game launch.
Lenovo AR Headset
The 28-second clip doesn’t give us much else to go on; we don’t get to see the game, and the shots of the hardware are dark, but we can extract a few details from it.
Lenovo’s AR headset appears to be a standalone device like Microsoft’s HoloLens; it doesn’t appear to have a tether cable like the Meta 2 headset. Lenovo’s HMD features a three-point fabric head strap (like Vive headsets without the Deluxe Audio Head Strap), whereas the company’s VR headset designs feature mechanical head bands. The body of the AR headset is somewhat bulbous and round, and it features a large panoramic lens surrounding the front (like the HoloLens) of the unit. Behind the wraparound lens, you’ll notice two camera lenses (one on each side) which presumably provide spatial tracking, as well as two smaller panels that display the digital content.
Lenovo’s AR headset features prominent ventilation slits below the screens, which presumably aid in reducing lens condensation. You’ll also notice that there are two black flaps at the bottom that block external light from entering near your cheeks. The flaps are an intriguing innovation, mainly because we’ve never seen the idea before.
There’s no way of knowing what we’ll find inside the headset, but given the recent push from Qualcomm to develop chips for such…