Lenovo this week announced that it is launching Lenovo Virtual Reality Classroom, a comprehensive VR educational system that leverages the company’s upcoming Mirage Solo headset. The move appears to mark a significant attempt by the company to make transformative inroads into educational markets.
Available in the U.S. starting this April, with a fall launch slated for Canada, the Virtual Reality Classroom package includes: Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headsets; high-performance, pre-configured routing hardware; specialized content; a Lenovo tablet with specialized software for teacher use; a commercial warranty; top-tier product support; and either a custom cart or case with integrated charging (based on bundle size).
The platform was recently demoed at this year’s Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, Florida, and at the BETT Show in London.
The company indicates their overarching goal is to “change the way teachers teach lessons and how students consume information.” To this end, the package comes with over seven hundred Google Expeditions VR field trips pre-installed, and also adds exclusive-to-Lenovo “Wild Immersion” (Jane Goodall) content.
Further assistance is offered to teachers via customized lesson plans developed by Scholastic, and professional development opportunities via expert consultations, monthly webinars and introductory videos.
Three student packs will see pricing at $2,899 USD, with ten and twenty-four student packs also available. The company is also offering an option that includes the Lenovo Mirage Camera.