Lenovo might be stepping into the future quicker than Apple, BlackBerry, Samsung, and everyone else. Earlier this week, on May 28, the company held its Tech World conference in China, where it just showed off a new concept smartphone that can project images and phone interfaces on a variety of physical surfaces.
Dubbed The Lenovo Smart Cast, the smartphone has a built-in Pico laser projector that serves two (2) different purposes.
On one hand, it can project images onto walls. Not just small images, but images that can be as large or larger than a movie screen. It can even turn the entire wall into a movie screen. Home cinema just got a lot more affordable.
The other cool thing that the built-in Pico laser projector is used for is projecting a keyboard onto your table and turning it into a touch display. Since the phone is built to recognize hand gestures, it will be able to pick up on what users are typing.
You simply need to turn fix the phone on the table and twist its gesture recognizing lens towards you before starting to type your messages and tweets. The phone uses infrared motion detectors to follow your movements.
It’s not just that your typing experience is about to potentially become more fun, but it will most likely also prove useful for some customers. Plenty of smartphone users, men in particular, complain that the buttons are too small or too close to each other, and so they often press more than just one intended letter at a time.
The Lenovo Smart Cast will allow them to project a much larger, computer-sized keyboard on the desk in front of them and enjoy a much more comfortable typing experience.
Then there are all the fun apps that the company is sure to develop for the gadget. Even in their video presentation Lenovo showed Smart Cast projecting piano keys on the surface of a table. So, if you’re passionate about music but don’t have enough space for a piano in your apartment, or if you’d like to see how well you’d be able to learn to play a piano before investing money in a real one, The Lenovo Smart Cast could prove to be the answer.
Another fun feature that the company showed in the presentation video – it used the phone to project a game of Fruit Ninja on a wall. It is not yet certain, but this could enable two (2) or more people to play the same game at the same time, each slicing a different fruit.
While the video presentation calls it “First ever laser projector smartphone”, the technology has been used before by smartphone manufactures, just not on this level.
Samsung experiment with the concept and released a projector phone called Galaxy Beam somewhere in 2010, but the technology isn’t nearly as advanced, nor does the phone have the capacity of turning ordinary physical surfaces into a touch displays. It only projects movies.
The release date and price of the device are unknown as of yet.
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