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Lenovo unveils concept smartphone with laser projector
At its TechWorld event in Beijing today, Lenovo has unveiled more than just a concept smartwatch as the company’s latest smartphone concept is unique and impressive. The company has already released a handheld pico projector and the Smart Cast concept smartphone aims to bring projectors to the main stream as it has the world’s first laser projector in a smartphone, as well as the world’s smallest pico projector.
Smart Cast comes with a unique rotating projector system – which appears similar to the Lenovo Pocket Projector – which allows you to project movies, TV shows or video games onto a wall. The projector can also be used to project keyboard and other controls onto nearby surfaces, allowing you to expand your keyboard rather than rely on a small on-screen keyboard. Lenovo then uses its gesture recognition software to recognise gestures such as clicking and sliding and presumably, this gesture recognition could also be used in other non-projector Lenovo and Motorola smartphones.
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At its keynote, Lenovo showed off the projector with a keyboard demo from Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the demo definitely showed that the technology has a lot of real-world applications. From being used as a piano keyboard to a multi-touch keyboard as a teaching aid and a lot more, the Smart Cast may not be a consumer device but given the company’s past record, we’ll see a consumer release at some point in the future. Maybe in the Moto X 2015?