A decade after Google Glass debuted, augmented reality smart glasses still haven’t really caught on with consumers. But there’s a growing market for VR headsets like the Meta Quest 2 and PlayStation VR.

Now Lenovo has developed something a little different. The Lenovo Glasses T1 aren’t virtual or augmented reality glasses. Instead they’re just a pair of displays that rest in front of your eyes, giving you a big-screen viewing experience in a compact package.

The glasses are designed to work as an external display for Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows devices. Just connect the glasses with a USB-C cable, slide them over your face, and you can mirror or extend your phone, tablet, or computer display to the glasses.

Android and Windows users will need a device that supports video output over USB-C. If you’re using an iPhone or iPad with a Lightning connector, you’ll need an optional Lenovo HDMI to Glasses adapter.

The glasses have two micro OLED displays, one for each eye. Each screen is a 1920 x 1080 pixel 60 Hz display and a 10:000:1 contrast ratio. There are also built-in speakers and volume controls.

Lenovo says the glasses should get up to four hours of battery life before they need to be recharged. The glasses have three adjustable nose pads and anti-slip adapters. And there’s an optional frame designed for prescription lenses.

Andrew Freedman from Tom’s Hardware got a chance to try out the Lenovo Glasses T1 and suggests they could be useful for watching video or viewing documents in a private environment, but that the pre-production hardware seems to be a bit rough around the edges.

Lenovo says its wearable display will go on sale in China later this year before expanding to additional markets in 2023. Pricing will be revealed when the glasses are ready to go on sale.

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  1. I already have something like this, the Rokid Air. And the Rokid doesn’t need charging because it has no battery that will eventually go bad.

  2. Nice video glasses. Doesn’t seem all that improved over the ones I was considering 20 years ago, though. Pretty certain those were 1080p as well. Maybe their big improvement will be that they’re not $700? 20 years is a long time for prices to fall.

  3. Wow, these may be perfect for working on the go in a cramped environment. Not wasting space on the display is very valuable.

  4. What the difference comapred to Lenovo s ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses?
    Aren’t they the same?

  5. Finally! I’ve been waiting for something like this for a really long time.
    This may very well find a large adoption in a secondary market Lenovo never intended to reach. If it’s not too fragile, and provided there are suitable compact and durable optics that can feed video into it with little lag.

  6. We’ve come full circle. This is the same thing as the Sony Glasstron that came out in 1996, just a higher resolution.

  7. Depending on how heavy and expensive these are, they could be the perfect companion for UMPCs like win win 2, Ayaneo and similar device

  8. For some reason the Shutterstock description of the lady using the glasses shows up below the image.