Lenovo Unveils New Standalone VR Headset for Education

Roadtovr | January 21, 2020

Undeterred by the death of Google Daydeam and the subsequent discontinuation of its consumer-focused standalone headset, Mirage Solo, Lenovo announced its building a new 3DOF standalone for educational purposes. With the so-called ‘Lenovo VR Classroom 2’, the company is offering up a complete package to educators, which includes hardware, content, device management, training, and support—all of it intended for middle and high school students. The company says in its education-focused site that the headset will help teachers and administrators “easily integrate virtual reality lessons and field trips into their curriculum, leading to inspiration and meaningful learning outcomes.”

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The seamless way in which artificial intelligence has become an integral part of various fields places it in an advantageous position to influence the direction the said fields would be taking in the future. The same exciting thing is happening in education.In fact, AI is being predicted by a lot of experts to become the leading driver of education by the time the 2020s roll in Nonetheless, that’s not to say that its effects are not already being felt now.

Spotlight

The seamless way in which artificial intelligence has become an integral part of various fields places it in an advantageous position to influence the direction the said fields would be taking in the future. The same exciting thing is happening in education.In fact, AI is being predicted by a lot of experts to become the leading driver of education by the time the 2020s roll in Nonetheless, that’s not to say that its effects are not already being felt now.

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