This neckband from Motorola for mixed reality is ugly, but it could be useful

Motorola has a new 5G wearable neckband designed to power lightweight XR headsets such as smart glasses ThinkReality A3 of the parent company Lenovo. The device, which looks like a kind of short purse, comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a 5,000 mAh battery, a touchpadone SIM card slot, speakers and a range of sensors including a gyroscope and an accelerometer. Motorola says it has worked with Verizon on manufacturing the product, which is capable of connecting to the operator’s 5G mmWave network.

The idea is that the neck band will be able to act as a brain for a VR or AR viewerwhich without components such as a powerful processor and a battery can become lighter and more comfortable to wear. For example, Lenovo’s ThinkReality A3 smart glasses are designed to be powered by a laptop, but using them with a headband like this could make them much more portable, and in any case they can already connect to a smartphone via a cable. USB-C.

Although the not very inviting lookMotorola quotes promotional situations and sports training as one of its main target customers, and although the promotional images show the 5G neckband used with Lenovo’s ThinkReality A3 glasses, it is theoretically designed to work with other smart glasses too, and also features USB-C and DP1 ports. .4. For the moment there is no pricing information.