Lenovo is the latest company to promote a USB-C monitor made for your face. The new glasses from the company T1 place a Full HD OLED screen in front of each of your eyes and were unveiled today at IFA and beyond Lenovo’s virtual showcase.
This portable private display, as Lenovo puts it, is very similar to other smart consumer glasses, including TCL’s NxtWear Air, which puts two 1080p micro-OLED displays in front of your eyes, much like Lenovo’s T1. Another similar product is the Nreal Air, although it has a 90Hz screen refresh rate compared to the T1’s 60Hz.
You won’t get VR or AR experiences with these types of goggles, and you can’t safely walk around with them because your view would be completely obscured and the cable will hold them to whatever your source is. Instead, it’s designed so that you sit as if you were watching a real TV or monitor, but the effect makes it feel like a huge theater screen. You can watch movies, play games and do your confidential digital paperwork while looking like Marvel’s Daredevil – without his hyper-consciousness.
Lenovo is betting that mobile gamers will want these glasses too, citing a report from Global Industry Analysts that a $160 Billion Global Market for that industry by 2026. Likewise, it expects the eclipsing video streaming market means more people may want to watch programs in their own T1 bubbles.
The Glasses T1 uses a physical wire to connect to devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones, Macs, and other devices that can output video over 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 because Apple still hasn’t switched from its 10-year-old Lightning port. The T1 goggles also work with Motorola’s secondary “Ready For” interface that allows you to use desktop-style apps.
In addition, the glasses come with multiple nose pads that are convenient for long-term use and a correction frame if you need it. The T1 glasses are battery powered, but can draw power from suitable devices. They also have built-in speakers in case you just want the video to be ultra private.
Like many other display glasses, the Lenovo Glasses T1 will be released first for the Chinese market. They are called the Lenovo Yoga Glasses in China and will be out by the end of the year. The company also plans to release them in “select markets” later in 2023. No prices have been released.