Lenovo is the latest company promoting a USB-C monitor made for your face. The company’s new Glasses T1 put a full HD OLED screen in front of each of your eyes and were revealed during IFA and today at Lenovo’s Virtual Showcase.
This wearable private display, Lenovo says, is similar to other consumer smart glasses, including TCL’s NxtWear Air, which, like Lenovo’s T1, puts two 1080p micro-OLED screens in front of your eyes. Another similar product is Nreal Air, although it has a 90Hz screen refresh rate compared to the T1’s 60Hz.
You’re not getting VR or AR experiences with these types of glasses, and you can’t safely walk around wearing them because your vision is likely to be completely obscured, and the cable keeps them aligned with whatever your source is holding. Instead, it’s designed to make it look like you’re watching an actual TV or monitor, but the effect is to make it feel like a giant theater screen. You can watch movies, play games and do your secret digital paperwork while looking like Marvel’s Daredevil — without his hyper-awareness.
Lenovo is betting that mobile gamers will also want these glasses, citing a report by global industry analysts that predicts a $160 billion global market for that industry by 2026. Similarly, the eclipsing video streaming market predicts that more people will want to watch shows. Inside their own T1 bubbles.
Glasses T1 uses a physical wire to connect to devices like PCs, tablets, smartphones, Macs and other devices that can output video via USB-C. If you want to use the glasses with iOS devices like your iPhone, you’ll need to buy Lenovo’s HDMI adapter as well as Apple’s digital AV adapter — all of which Apple still hasn’t changed from its 10-year-old. Lightning dock. The T1 glasses also work with Motorola’s secondary “ready for” interface, which lets you use apps desktop-style.
Additionally, the glasses come with multiple nose pads that help with extended use and a prescription frame if you need it. The T1 glasses are battery powered but can draw power from capable devices. They also have built-in speakers if you want to keep video only ultra-private.
Like many other display glasses, the Lenovo Glasses T1 will be released for the Chinese market first. They are called Lenovo Yoga Glasses in China and will be available by the end of this year. The company also plans to launch them in “select markets” in 2023. Price not released.