- New devices to take advantage of technologies surrounding VR, AR and AI.
- New Yoga 920 convertible offers more than just being a simple productivity focused PC
LENOVO certainly had a lot to show off at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin. The company announced four new devices that showcased their progress in using artificial intelligence (AI), smart features and deploying augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
The Mirage AR headset, Explorer Mixed Reality headset, Moto X smartphone and Yoga 920 convertible brought more ways users can enjoy their personalised computing experience.
Experiencing AR and VR in a galaxy far away
As it is Star Wars season, Lenovo aptly premiered Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, a new augmented reality Star Wars product that allows fans to experience Star Wars in ways never before possible. Jedi Challenges features a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Lightsaber Controller, Tracking Beacon, and hours of Star Wars gameplay.
Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is compatible with Android phones and iPhones. Users start by downloading the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app onto their phone and sliding the phone into the tray of the Lenovo Mirage AR headset.
Sleek, portable and lightweight, the Mirage headset will provide full gaming immersion over uninterrupted stretches of time with an optimal level of comfort during gameplay. The headset also comes with a Tracking Beacon, which is placed on the floor and acts as a stable base for the cameras to track the user’s location.
The headset pairs with the Lightsaber Controller, a collectable- quality lightsaber, modelled after the one wielded by Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, and Rey. Designed to be a key part of the experience, the lightsaber acts as a controller and pointer, allowing players to navigate the user interface, with all controls, actions and commands activated with a simple two-button configuration.
Together with Microsoft, Lenovo is building a different type of VR world with the Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality headset with more than 100 VR-ready titles. Lenovo Explorer is said to be as a natural, affordable extension of your PC. You can access Microsoft Office suite, browse online or watch shows in a virtual home office environment, play virtual reality (VR) games, explore and discover through holo-tours, and enhance the video-watching experience via 3D, 360-degree and 4K videos. Set it up in just minutes by connecting a cable to your PC.
The moto X gets smarter with Alexa
Apart from AR and VR innovations, Lenovo also introduced its fourth generation moto X that is said to have a smarter camera that goes beyond capturing photos. The Landmark Detection feature makes the moto X camera your eye to the world – just point the lens at an object, and it will ask if you want to learn about what you’re seeing.
Users can also spice up their selfies with the Augmented Reality (AR) feature, which lets them add a layer of animations to photos or videos. The newest moto X is also the first of Motorola’s smartphones to feature Amazon Alexa, giving you more options when choosing a mobile digital assistant. Experience Amazon Alexa integrated right into the smartphone - without even having to unlock it first.
Personalising the PC with Pen, Voice & Biometrics on Yoga 920
Lenovo’s new Yoga 920 convertible is claimed to be a smarter laptop with smart pen functionality, voice recognition, mixed reality options, biometric security, and other tools.
Weighing in at just 1.37 kg, the four-mode convertible flexes 360° from a laptop into a tablet. Additionally, Yoga 920 comes in limited edition Gorilla Glass cover designs: Yoga 920 Vibes featuring a “visual vibration” design, Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Rebel Alliance and Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Galactic Empire.
Because many still prefer a keyboard over a pen for creating, Lenovo’s Yoga 920 offers an optional Lenovo Active Pen 2 with Windows Ink that has 4,096 levels of pen sensitivity for those who frequently draw and make notes. Additionally, voice recognition comes to the Yoga 920 with Cortana. Now it recognizes voice commands in standby mode and from up to 4 meters away so you can add items to a shopping list, send an email, search the web, track packages, launch an application and more.
Cortana even uses AI to learn from its owners, so the Yoga 920 grows smarter over time. It fuses power, such as Intel’s latest 8th generation Quad Core i7 processor, Windows 10 OS and dazzling visuals with a nearly bezel-less 4K IPS touchscreen in a 13.9-inch frame.
For those who want to see their laptop’s content on a larger screen, they can pair it with the new ThinkVision P27u monitor. It has a 4K borderless display, professional-grade colour accuracy and fast response times, with the convenience of USB Type-C connections and the flexibility of a full function stand supporting an optional sound bar.
While there is no official retail prices for all of Lenovo’s new products will be announced at a later date when the products enter the Southeast Asian market.
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