Google Glass may not have been a huge commercial success, but Lenovo still seems to think there’s merit in the idea of a wearable display that lets you see information at a glance without blocking your entire field of vision.
The company unveiled its first smart glass prototype a few years ago. And at CES 2017, the company is introducing “Lenovo New Glass C200,” a wearable display that uses AI to create augmented reality experience.
New Glass C200 is a two-part system. There’s the thing you wear on your head, which includes a camera and a small display that hangs out near one eye. Lenovo calls this the Glass Unit and the company says it’s only 60 grams, or about 2 ounces. That’s not much heavier than a normal set of glasses.
There’s also a Pocket Unit, which is where the processing power lies. The Pocket Unit is also meant to connect to your smartphone.
Lenovo says New Glass C200 can identify real-world objects in your field of view to do things like:
- Display repair instructions while you’re trying to fix a product
- Identify and trouble shoot problems with disabled equipment
- Recognize 20 different types of objects through computer vision, including building schematics
Those are some of the examples Lenovo gives… so it seems pretty clear that Lenovo envisions New Glass C200 as a product that’ll most likely find a home in business and industrial settings.
That’s pretty much what’s happened to Google Glass as well. While Google had once positioned Glass as a product that could have widespread appeal, it’s turned into a niche product for enterprise users.