CES 2017: Lenovo's Smart Assistant, Smart Storage, and Multimedia Controller

Subject: General Tech, Networking | January 3, 2017 - 03:01 AM |
Tagged: wireless keyboard, Smart Storage, smart home, Smart Assistant, Lenovo, connected, CES 2017, CES, Alexa, 500 Multimedia Controller

Lenovo is announcing a trio of new connected devices beginning with the Amazon Alexa-powered Smart Assistant.

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“The Lenovo Smart Assistant with Amazon Alexa is like having your own digital assistant at home. Featuring Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, this voice-controlled high-definition speaker with far field microphones, is there to lend a hand whenever you need it. Want to know what the morning traffic is like? Forgot to order that book from Amazon? Longing to hear your favorite playlist? Simply ask Alexa. She has all the answers to help simplify your life. What’s more, she can even help remotely with the Amazon Alexa App, which is free to download for Android and iOS.”

The Smart Assistant offers high definition sound with a speaker system that combines a 5W treble and 10W bass speaker,  and the Harman Kardon Edition takes this further with a ported design for enhanced sound.

Next we have Lenovo’s Smart Storage, which provides up to 6 TB of connected storage over a wireless (or wired) home network.

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“Despite this remote storage center’s compact size, the Lenovo Smart Storage comes with a big challenge: How will you and your family fill it? Capable of storing up to 6 TB of photos, movies, and other digital files, this dual-band WiFi storage system can connect wirelessly to almost any smart device you own, worldwide. You’ll maintain absolute administrative control, ensuring your data and content are secure and safe—and with Auto Sync enabled, your data will back-up automatically when within WiFi range. DLNA support also ensures you’ll be able to enjoy your movies and music on any device, anytime.”

Finally we have the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller, which combines a compact keyboard and touchpad in a small wireless control device for the living room.

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“Want to browse the web from your couch? Or turn on your favorite playlist from the dining table? We’ve got you covered with the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller. It’s not only a mouse and keyboard in one, it’s also a remote control optimized for your Windows operating system. With an ergonomic design and up to 8 months battery life, the versatile Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller will make your life easier.”

The controller is designed for Windows PCs (support for Windows 7 through 10), and uses a nano USB dongle for its 2.4 GHz wireless connection. The touchpad DPI is adjustable for user preference, and the unit offers up to 8 months of battery life from a pair of AAA batteries. At 5.71 x 3.37 x 0.74 inches (and 141 grams) this is a pretty small device, but certainly larger than some of the smart TV remote keyboards certain models have shipped with.

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Source: Lenovo

January 3, 2017 | 04:12 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow Lenovo must be paying you a packet for this barrage of "news"
Seriously would you guys actually trust a listening device from Lenovo.....
*cough* free rootkits for everyone *cough*

January 3, 2017 | 10:13 AM - Posted by hoxlund

i agree with the rootkit comment, who would seriously agree to let a company like lenovo, known to embed rootkits/superfish, into their house listening to everything going on?

January 3, 2017 | 01:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This time their approach is honest (unless iFixit finds hidden camera).

January 3, 2017 | 05:10 AM - Posted by Justin150 (not verified)

Would like to see a review of the 500 multimedia controller. I use a similar, but cheap (and cheaply made) device for sofa surfing and would like to upgrade to something better

January 3, 2017 | 06:31 AM - Posted by Jack Smith (not verified)

Basically the Echo/Alexa you use commands where you talk to the Google Home naturally. The Echo will handle some fuzziness but fundamentally they are variations to commands instead of fundamentally understanding what you are saying.

You need to then consider these devices are the interface into enormous amounts of information and the device having a brain like the Google Home or not like the Echo will cause things like this to happen.

https://youtu.be/r5p0gqCIEa8

That is just not going to happen or far less likely if the device understands what you are saying.

Google built a 70 billion knowledge graph when building search. This data allows Google to understand the world and know the difference between Winnie the Pooh and what the kid ultimate got back.

BTW, the parents reaction was far more scarring than the little boy hearing a bunch of sexaul words I suspect made ZERO sense to the kid.

January 3, 2017 | 08:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i have a couple echo dots and it's way cool and easy to use. I would never ever allow a lenovo device to have this sort of access to my world however. haha, lenovo

January 19, 2017 | 05:05 AM - Posted by Lenovo Service (not verified)

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