Lenovo has recently claimed to unveil its new products at CES 2017 in Las Vegas starting from 5 January 2017. One field that the company will focus on is digital assistants and storage systems in a bit to improve their take on Smart Homes. Lenovo launched its own smart assistant powered by Amazon Alexa. On the other hand, it even launched a digital storage solution called the Lenovo Smart Storage, and the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller which is a multi-point capacitive touchpad with an integrated keyboard. Lenovo also showcased the New Glass C200 smart glasses.
According to Lenovo, analysts are predicting a slow adoption of the IoT space despite it being a huge growth area. Lenovo says that the slow adoption is due to two reasons. First reason being the high-cost factor while investing in IoT devices and the second one being the lack of consumer-centric design while developing these products. The company wants to change this by bringing the cost factor down with its products. The company teamed up with Amazon to make its first product, Lenovo Smart Assistant, powered by cloud-based personal assistant Amazon Alexa.
Amazon’s Echo is the current standard for smart home assistants — with some new competition from Google Home, of course — thanks to its ease of use and surprisingly good voice-controlled personality, named Alexa.
But while the Echo (and the Echo Dot and Tap) are Amazon-made products, Alexa herself is slipping the bonds of corporate exclusivity and turning up in a handful of other products. We’ve already seen the Triby smart radio: Now Lenovo has the Smart Assistant.
It’s not a very catchy name, but one look will tell you this is clearly modeled on the Echo. It’s a tall cylindrical device, but with a warmer design than Amazon’s severe speaker. The top half is white, with a silver 360-degree microphone-speaker combo on top. The bottom half feels more like the Google Home device, with a gray, green or orange woven overlay for a splash of color. Inside is an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, and one 5-watt tweeter and one 10-watt woofer for audio.
The second device launched for the smart home category is Lenovo Smart Storage. It is a secure digital storage solution with 6TB storage capacity, dual-band wireless access and multi-device auto-sync capability. The company has designed security and P2P access for the stored data like images, documents, music and movies. Smart Storage includes facial recognition software that can help organise your photo library based on faces. It will be available for $139.99 (approx Rs 9,600) from May 2017 along with Smart Assistant.
The company launched another innovative product called the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller as well. This device is essentially a palm-sized wireless keyboard that doubles up into a capacitive touchpad as well. It is compatible with devices that run on Windows 7 and above, and runs on AAA batteries. The company claims that the Lenovo 500 Media Controller can offer up to 8 hours of battery life. The small keyboard measures 145×85.6×18.85mm, and weighs 141 grams. The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller starts at $54.99 (roughly Rs. 3,800), and will be available beginning May.