The inaugural Lenovo Tech World Conference, held on 28th May in Beijing, saw the Chinese multinational unveil a number of new research projects that could translate into usable technologies in the near future. Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing called the conference “a celebration of innovation”, and his company certainly did not disappoint in that respect.
One of the projects discussed at the conference is the new Smart Cast smartphone. The project is a response to the difficulties smartphone users have traditionally faced in typing out text. As such, it may interest those engaged in website copywriting and who are mobile and on the go. The phone is being developed with a laser projector built in. The laser projector can be used to display a virtual keyboard or anything else that comes up on a smartphone display. The image is projected onto tables and walls, and users can tap the interactive screen using an infrared motion detector. Video production professionals may also find a use for the projector as it has the capacity to beam videos as well as images, video games and even films. This is no old-fashioned kind of projector, however, because it operates as a double screen, so users can view other digital content on their smartphone displays at the same time. The projector’s measurements are 34mm by 26mm by 5mm.
Lenovo also used the conference to unveil the Magic View, its take on the smartwatch, and a model that the company claims is the first such device to feature two screens. In the process, according to Yuanqing, Lenovo has overcome the challenge posed by the size limitations of a smartwatch. The second display, located on the side of the strap, is a virtual interactive display using an optical reflection to enable users to view images up to 20 times larger than the watch itself. Images and messages can be viewed privately by way of a viewfinder. Using the larger screen, a user can also follow maps and watch videos. The larger display is activated by lifting the watch face and moving it from side to side to create a 3D-type image. Lenovo says it is working alongside a number of technical partners to develop the watch for manufacture.