Motorola 5G XR neckband could make headsets lightweight and portable

(Pocket Ribbon) – Motorola has introduced a 5G neckband designed for XR headsets.

Extended reality – or XR – is an umbrella term that includes augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality. The underlying technologies for all those formats are the driving force behind XR. Anyway, Motorola has announced that its “5G XR Neckband” is intended for use with lightweight headsets – such as those from the parent company Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses.

It’s basically a lanyard with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a 5,000 mAh battery, a touchpad, a SIM card slot, speakers, gyroscope, accelerometer, and other sensors, as first reported by Engadget. The idea is that manufacturers can rely on the neckband to house a beefy processor and beefy battery, making their headset more of a display shell that’s more comfortable and lighter to wear.

In the case of the ThinkReality A3 smartglasses, they are already light and powered by laptops. But when used with the neckband, they still work, but have the added bonus of being even more wearable.

Motorola said it is also partnering with Verizon on the neckband, meaning it will offer cellular connectivity and can even work with the US carrier’s mmWave 5G network. That said, there’s no information yet on how much the neckband will cost – let alone when and where it will be available for purchase.

For a look at the best headsets available today, see Pocket-lint’s guide: Best VR headsets: Top picks from HTC Vive, Oculus, and more

Written by Maggie Tillman.

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