Lenovo Tech World: Magic View Smartwatch and Smart Cast Smartphone concepts shown

Subject: General Tech, Mobile, Shows and Expos | May 27, 2015 - 10:55 PM |
Tagged: wearable, tech world, smartwatch, smartphone, smart cast, magic view, lenovo tech world, Lenovo, concept

Today at the Lenovo Tech World keynote presentation, Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius took the opportunity to show some of the far reaching concepts for smartphones and smartwatches.

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The Magic View smartwatch is a stylish, round smartwatch reminiscent of the Moto 360 that seems from the concept renderings to be based around Android Wear. However, the uniqueness comes from what Lenovo is claiming makes it the only smartwatch with two screens.

Optical reflection is used inside of a portion of the strap in order to project a second “virtual interactive display” more than 20 times larger than the integrated display. This is made possible through Lenovo-designed silicon aimed at miniaturizing the components for this type of projection while maintaining the same performance.

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Lenovo claims this secondary screen will be useful for things like maps, as well as photo and video viewing, but it be remains to be seen if users would favor a virtual display like this over simply using their existing smartphone display. Privacy is also a big part of what Lenovo is pitching with the Magic View. Since users must place the lens portion next to their eye, other people in the same area cannot look over their shoulders and view potientially sensitive information.

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The Lenovo Smart Cast concept plays on a similar idea as the Magic View. Through the use of a build in laser projector, as well as specialized sensors, Lenovo aims at allowing users to project a large virtual touch screen onto tabletop surfaces.

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With the use of infrared sensors, users can touch the surface underneath the projection and interact just as if it were a physical display. Lenovo points towards this being useful for such applications as virtual keyboards in productivity apps, or even for media control of projected movies and light gaming such as Fruit Ninja.

The projected display is also independent of the smartphone display, allowing things such as two separate views for video chatting applications.


It remains to be seen if these concepts will ever actually make it into production devices, and if those devices will ever hit North America, but it's always interesting to see what R&D divisions of large companies like Lenovo are up to.

Source: Lenovo

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May 27, 2015 | 11:09 PM - Posted by BlackDove (not verified)

EVERY single smart watch should disgust REAL watch enthusiasts. They're all hideous Chinese made trash that's designed to be thrown away in a few years(yes even the cheap solid gold ones).

The point of REAL mechanical watches is the craftsmanship and attention to detail. These toys are antithetical hipster accessories for the uninformed.

May 27, 2015 | 11:51 PM - Posted by Lou (not verified)

Considering the fact that we are about to go to war with china, one wonders why you would continue to support them?... Whatever pays the bills i suppose...

May 28, 2015 | 01:35 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No shopping at Walmart for you!, or CVS, or Walgreens, etc. etc. But more low tech products are being made in Vietnam, as well as high tech products, those Chinese wages are getting a little too high, and those Foxconn subcontracted products will eventually be made in the USA, once the plants are fully automated and the costs of shipping become the major cost of production relative to wages paid to meat sacks, so do not expect any employment out of any future return of factories. Expect that the automated factories themselves once fully automated will be fabricated in automated lines and assembled by robots on site, near the markets that are served, from prefab modules with the robot workers already installed, you will only see the outside of these monolithic structures dotting the landscapes of many countries and there will be no work for you meat sacks unless you are a bending unit, welding unit, sewing unit, etc. No work for any of you overpaid meat sacks, it'll be 24/7 365 days a year for the robot workers, with any breakdowns swapped out in seconds while the line continues to run uninterrupted. Automated trucks will be loaded with the products produced by these automated factories, and these automated trucks will drive to automated distribution centers passed on to other automated workers at the amazon/other warehouses to be robotically shipped directly to any meat sacks with the dosh to afford them.

P.S. expect that any disgusting Human meat sack supervision of these automated factories to be done via virtual reality goggles by some low wage countries' descendants of chimps, as the factories will not be designed for any fat organic based lowlifes, the robots will be swapped out and serviced by other robots, your services will never be needed. No work for you, you damn dirty descendant of apes!

Bwah! Ha HA Ha, [guzzles booze, belches fire, puffs fat cigar!]

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