Monday 4 September 2017
IFA 2017: Lenovo Star Wars AR headset
Lenovo and Disney have jointly unveiled Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, a new augmented reality Star Wars product. Jedi Challenges features a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Tracking Beacon, and Lightsaber controller. The product is compatible with both Android phones and iPhones, according to the vendor. Players will hone their Jedi talents across a variety of augmented reality-based experiences, each offering multiple levels of deep and immersive gameplay, according to Lenovo. To guide the player on this journey, Jedi Challenges will introduce an all-new Star Wars character, the Archivist. The Archivist instructs players in the ways of the Force and the knowledge of the Jedi. Throughout these challenges, users will train to perfect their lightsaber skills by taking on some of the most menacing villains the dark side has to offer, command armies in combat missions to defeat the Empire, and outwit their opponents in Holochess, all in augmented reality. Users start by downloading the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app onto their compatible phone and sliding the phone into the tray of the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, which will provide full gaming immersion. The headset also comes with a Tracking Beacon, which is placed on the floor and acts as a stable base for the headset's sensors to detect the user' movement during gameplay. Equipped with two built-in fisheye sensors to provide inside-out positional tracking, the headset allows for free and natural motion for the player to move around. The headset pairs with a Lightsaber controller, modeled after the one wielded by Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, and Rey. Designed to be a key part of the experience, the Lightsaber acts as a controller and pointer, allowing players to navigate the user interface, with all controls, actions and commands activated with a simple two-button configuration.