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Lenovo Jumps Into the AR Glasses Market

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

By 2020, industry forecasters say the market worth for augmented reality is projected to reach $100 billion. Lenovo wants to take a piece of that pie. At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the business-friendly hardware maker showcased its new Glass C200 smart glasses and compatible AR software. Mass production of the headset is projected to start in June. 

The company hopes these smart glasses, which combine augmented reality and artificial intelligence, will find their way into enterprises, just as Vuzix glasses have. The whole product includes the C200 glasses, which weighs 60 grams, and a Pocket Unit and runs Linux. And it works in conjunction with an Android app for your smartphone. 

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The glass works over one eye, to mix digital and real universes. Once everything is plugged in, the company claims the C200 will be able to give you step-by-step directions for working with industrial equipment, identify equipment or even let you offer technical support remotely. Currently, Lenovo says Glass C200 can recognize almost 20 objects by using the company's AI software called Lenovo NBD Martin. The wearer can control Martin using voice commands, gestures and buttons. 

Lenovo is supporting this device with a new software platform for developers called NBD Titan. It comes with AR Content Build and Space Visitor to manipulate and edit in an AR environment. The company theorizes this will make it easy for some industries, such as home improvement and interior design, to jump into AR.