Lenovo teases augmented reality headset for new ‘Star Wars’ experience


As part of Disney’s gaming-focused D23 extravaganza happening
this weekend, Lenovo showed off a smartphone-based augmented
reality headset they’re using to promote an upcoming Star Wars
experience called “Jedi
Challenges.

The AR demo appears to be something that will be showed off
publicly at Best Buy stores in the near future but it isn’t
entirely clear whether the hardware being showed off is going
to be for sale anywhere. Lenovo and Disney aren’t releasing any
details related to the headset or when these experiences will
be made available, so we’re left to make a bunch of
assumptions.

The AR headset appears to have at least a single pair of
cameras for tracking movement or lightsaber controller (maybe
both), while also using a smartphone as the display with some
reflective lenses so viewers can’t see the images superimposed
on their surrounding environment. The teaser video says a
“compatible mobile device” is required for the headset.

We know ILMxLAB has been working with Magic Leap on some
augmented reality experiences and while it may be a long time
before anyone demos Star Wars content with Magic Leap hardware,
so the studio likely is looking to get some AR content out that
actually gets viewed. The Lucasfilm group already created a
short demo called Trials of Tatooine for the HTC Vive,
which allowed users a few seconds of lightsaber play.

Lenovo is currently working with Microsoft on their program for
low-cost “mixed-reality” headsets. The company is also working
with Google on smartphone-based augmented reality with their
Tango-enabled Phab 2 Pro smartphone.

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