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Lenovo demos concept devices including Magic View, Smart Cast

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

At Lenovo Tech World in Beijing, Lenovo introduced a lot of new products and ideas for all of us. Earlier, we shared with you the Lenovo Cast, the first media casting device from the company. It is set to rival Chromecast but instead of being in a dongle form, it’s more like a puck or a smaller Nexus Player. The Moto Maker’s availability in China was also announced at the event.

The Lenovo Tech World is the first global technology event by the company and it seems Lenovo has been very busy formulating new ideas and product concepts that could bring breakthrough changes in the future. People could interact with technology in different ways as Lenovo continues to innovate and partner with the biggest brands and suppliers to bring customers and fans the best products, services, and technologies.

Lenovo’s vision is to define the future of technology by delivering innovation to address the needs of the customers and solve problems in more convenient and faster ways. Lenovo’s Charmain and CEO Yang Yuanqing believes that “Lenovo has a unique position in our industry because we can deliver the devices, smart connectivity and infrastructure required to create a great user experience and satisfy real user needs”.  The company regularly communicates with fans to know how they can innovate hardware software and services that can transform user experience.

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In his keynote, Yuanqing shared Lenovo’s ideas and concepts for the future. All these are product concepts for now but Lenovo is set to introduce the technologies as soon as they are ready. One of the first product concepts demonstrated is the Magic View smartwatch that aims to solve the problem of a small screen device. Display is limited in smartwatches but Lenovo has a solution for that: a second rectangular screen between the watch face and the watch strap. This small screen seems like an extension but offers a virtual interactive display. The idea is for the screen to “magnify” images for the eyes of the wearer and with more privacy.

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The smartwatch concept uses the special patented technology called Light Guide Optical Element. The display is placed below the watch face. It can hold the display a couple inches from the eye to see a screen appear magically. Officially known as the Magic View, this technology was confirmed by Lumus who owns the Light Guide Optical Element. It makes the smartwatch more useful than ever instead of just showing notifications, tracking health and fitness, or streaming music. It also brings a more immersive smartwatch experience because of the larger ‘magic’ display.

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Lenovo also demonstrated the Smart Cast concept. The built-in laser projector on a phone idea also includes high-performance algorithms and an infrared motion detector. The idea is to bring a large virtual touch by projecting an image on a wall or a surface for example control the “display screen” with touch or type with a virtual keyboard.

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Lenovo also announced the WRITEit, a new software feature that brings together writing and speech technology. Using a YOGA Tablet 2 8-in Android with AnyPen for Mandarin can be frustrating but Lenovo’s WRITEit and Fusion Input technology aim to add voice input of Chinese words. Voice recognition results can then be defined and corrected using it.

These are just concept products so we’re not sure if they will become a reality. The ideas are great and innovative but we have to see them first in action. Ideas even when demonstrated on stage aren’t considered as facts or the truth yet unless there are actual proofs and evidence. The concepts are real–real in the sense that someone smart enough thought about them and maybe put them into paper. The last question will always be the same though: will they see the light of day?

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SOURCE: Lenovo

SmartMirror project to show Android Wear notifications

Posted by wicked March - 13 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Nick Nothom may still be studying software development and computer science but he already knows how to “make stuff”. This Minnesota State University student recently showed us what you can do with a smartwatch. With the use of AutoWear, he was able to make notifications show on a mirror. At first, he simply wanted to be notified if his Moto 360 is charged but he thought he could also add messages, weather, calendar, and other information because why not.

The programmer took advantage of AutoWear so he won’t have to check on his smartwatch whenever at home. When his watch is charged, the SmartMirror displays a notification that watch is ready. I actually thought of something similar but not on a mirror. I was imagining notifications would show on windows, TVs, and other glass displays. Of course, there’s no way I could develop such thing (because I’m not a developer) so I’m glad a genius thought of it. This is one of my sci-fi dreams becoming a reality and even if it’s not an official feature from Android, the possibilities are endless. Thanks to Nothom for making the first step.

This is just a research project but it certainly has a lot of potential. Other Redditors are even suggesting Nothom to put it on Kickstarter. We’re not sure about his plans but the student-programmer simply wants to make a smart display for the smaller Android Wear devices. That idea is a bit ironic since smartwatches are really extensions of smartphones so why make another for the smaller device.

Watch his demo video below to see how the SmartMirror works:

Impressive? The idea is actually not new since there are similar displays already used for advertising but this project aims to bring the technology into the homes. Smart homes and smart appliances may still be a young idea but you get the picture? Instead of just looking down on your phones or wrists, perhaps in the future, you can look at your walls for information (maybe some touch goodness too?). This is definitely a new way to experience technology.

With the use of AutoWear and Tasker, you can be notified when battery is fully charged. Nothom shared how he did the Android Wear Battery Notifications. As for the SmartMirror, it will take him a long way but we don’t doubt he’d be successful.

SOURCE: Reddit, Nick Nothom (1), (2)

This Video of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S Edge Concept Renders is Cool

Posted by Tim-o-tato February - 20 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

There is no denying, we are about a week away from the unveiling of the next Samsung Galaxy smartphone(s). The Galaxy S6 and reported Galaxy S Edge are set to be unveiled on March 1 in Barcelona during MWC, but until then, the hypebeast never sleeps. 

In the newest video, which shows off concept renders, we get a true walkthrough with what Samsung may have in store for 2015. While they are in no way official, the renders were built off all of the previous leaks that have taken place in the past few months. That includes case leaks, metal skeleton leaks, and more.

Unfortunately, the video does not offer anything too new to digest. We have a good feeling that the phone(s) will feature a home button, rear-facing camera, and bottom-facing speaker. Although, this is the clearest look we have gotten for the two devices, regardless of them being just concept renders.

Watch the video, then let us know your take below in the comments. Excited for the unveiling?

Via: No Where Else

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Designer reimagines Google’s iconic Search page with Material Design

Posted by wicked December - 4 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Android has gone through a lot of facelifts throughout the years, and mobile operating systems in general often change outfits by way of skins, fonts, icons, and animations.

Google recently introduced its Material Design, which brought forth a plethora of changes both aesthetically and in terms of functionality, but what about Google Search on its own? While we have saw small tweaks to the Google search page throughout the years (and some Material-ish web design elements as of late), nothing comes close to this concept showcasing how Google search (and the internet as a whole) could look with a coat of Material Design.

Whether you like the concept or Material Design as a whole certainly boils down to personal preference, but designer Aurélien Salomon’s vision of a Material Search is certainly a huge visual difference, transforming this…

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…into this:

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Or into this:

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Again, whether you like the design or not is a matter of choice, but as a fan of the Material design, I find it rather nice. Granted, it is a substantially different Google than what the majority of the world has become accustomed to, and it’s probably something that Google isn’t considering doing.

But it also makes you wonder if Google does have plans one day to drastically switch up the UI on its core product. They have done it with so many of their other products, so why not search? You can have a look at more images of Aurélien’s concept Material internet by hitting up his Dribbble page here.

Would you like to see Material Design coming to Google’s websites and beyond?

Dragonfly transforms into an Android tablet, Slingshot phone, and dual display ultrabook

Posted by wicked December - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The smartphone era won’t be over just yet and phones are expected to be smarter than ever. They may share the market with wearables now but smartphones are expected to transform into something else. Take for example this project currently on Indiegogo, the Dragonfly Futurefön.

The Dragonfly Futurefön is a smartphone that can transform into a mini laptop. The design team of this innovative mobile device wants to reach global mobile domination with their product. Dragonly is a folding mobile device that works as a smartphone, tablet, and a dual-display ultrabook. We’ve seen similar gadgets already but this looks more handy and more convenient to use since it runs Windows and Android.

Dragonfly Futurefön is made of high-quality aluminum uni-body body so you know it’s tough. It features a special illuminated keyboard, slide-out touchpad, and dual monitors. What’s good about this 3-in-1 device is that it can use one data plan. No need to get three separate ones.

The right display is called the Slingshot. This part detaches to work as an Android phone or tablet. It’s a phablet that works with a Smartpen and docks to the Dragonfly. When the Slingshot part is detached, the base can still work via WiFi or Ethernet.

Another reason why this is a winner is the Quad Folding design. It’s very mobile and portable when folded but is still a space saver even when unfolded. There are three sub-systems that are charged by one cord but LED lights indicate the individual sub-system.

As described by the Dragonfly designers, the components work synergistically and symbiotically. While you stream media files to a TV or bigger screen, the Slingshot phone can work as a remote control. Of course, the device also makes social computing easier. You can simply share files by giving your friend the other half of the display. It’s that easy.

Crowdfunding campaign started on Indiegogo last October 20 and it will end on December 19. Goal was only $10,000 but more than $500,000 dollars have already been given as donation. You can still give any amount you want but $400 will already bring you a long way. View all perks and options over at Indiegogo.

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SOURCE: Indiegogo

Cicret brings Android goodness onto your skin

Posted by wicked December - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The Cicret bracelet won’t be a secret once you use it. People will know that you have it.It’s a simple wearable bracelet alright but you’re projecting the display screen right on your arm.

Impressive? This smart wearable features a pico projector to display a user interface similar to what you see on a tablet or smartphone. It’s neither a smartphone nor a tablet as it is a mobile device on its own. It also comes with 8 long range sensors and all the specs required to run Android OS and the compatible apps.

Watch the video below and you’ll be amazed at how this works.

Tap the wrist and a touchscreen user interface will show up. The projected image from the pico projector is good as the same thing you see on mobile devices. You can tap, click, and slide on the screen to do many things. It still is in its prototype stage but the concept is just promising.

The team behind Cicret isn’t gathering funds through crowdfunding but is accepting donations. You can directly send any amount through Cicret’s webpage. The team doesn’t want crowdfunding ventures because they cannot give any guarantee to the consumers. Cicret has not been put up for production yet so don’t believe people who say they have the wearable bracelet in stock before launch.

The maker of Cicret also developed an app called Cicret. It’s not related in any way to the wearable bracelet but it’s a messaging app made for a more secure data transfer. You can download the Cicret app from the Google Play Store.

VIA: Slashgear

Galaxy TabROUND concept shows us where flexible devices may be headed

Posted by wicked January - 11 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Galaxy TabROUND Concept

Samsung unveiled a variety of Pro-branded tablets at CES 2014, but the company may work on a completely new sub-family of tablets in the future, as its flexible display technology matures and becomes available for mass-production.

The image above shows us what a Galaxy TabROUND concept could look like in the future, assuming the company will be heading that way with tablet design.

The device looks like a big Galaxy Round smartphone – nothing surprising there – the company’s first flexible display, which we have thoroughly analyzed already, although it’s also based on Samsung’s Pro tablet user interface shown in the Pro devices we’ve seen earlier this week in Las Vegas.

As MovePlayer, which posted the concept image, reminds us, Samsung has already been awarded several design patents in which a tablet with flexible display is shown – check out the following gallery.

Furthermore, Samsung has demoed its flexible display plans for mobile devices quite a few times so far at previous CES events. The following video recorded during CES 2013, shows us (starting at around the 2:16 mark) a couple of other tablet designs the company may be considering for future years – yes, we’ll also note the sexist nature of the commercial Samsung is presenting, which is very much in line with another not particularly spectacular ad released just a few weeks ago to promote the Galaxy Gear, although that’s beside the point.

Getting back to the concept above, we can’t but notice that while the Galaxy TabROUND’s design’s makes sense when compared with the Galaxy Round handset, the curvature of the screen heavily contrasts what Samsung (and other companies) are doing with big screen TV’s. Will flexible tablets with such a curvature be useful? Or would you rather buy a tablet with a curved display similar to what the LG G Flex smartphone is proposing?

Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 concepts bring new Samsung design patents to life

Posted by wicked January - 5 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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After a couple of new design patents have been awarded to Samsung on the last day of the previous year, a couple of new smartphone concepts have emerged imagining what the future Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 would look like in case Samsung would actually use the design shown in those patents.

U.S. patents No. D696,654 and D696,654 describe “ornamental designs” for a handheld terminal and an electronic device, respectively, and have been both awarded to Samsung in the U.S. on December 31, 2013. Just like with other design patents, the fact that Samsung has been awarded these patents doesn’t mean the company will indeed make mobile products that will look like the devices described in them.

However, in case the company did pursue these designs this year, this is how the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 could look like, according to two designers.

Ivo Maric came up with the following Galaxy S5 concept that proposes a smartphone with a curved display on the sides (or at least on the right side, which is what a patent suggests), which would let users place handy shortcuts on the side of the display – check out the gallery below.

Jermain Smit came up with a similar concept, although the patents inspired him to create a Galaxy Note 4 model based on Samsung’s design ideas. The Galaxy Note 4 imagined by Smit also features a curved display, just like the Galaxy S5 model above.

In the following gallery, you can check out relevant images from the two patent applications mentioned above, in order to compare them with these Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 renders:

We’ll remind you that these concepts have nothing to do with actual Samsung products that will be unveiled later this year. The Galaxy S5 is expected to be announced at some point around MWC 2014, according to a Samsung exec, while the Galaxy Note 4 will probably be unveiled around IFA 2014 in September.

Samsung Galaxy S5 concept video borrows iPhone 5s features

Posted by wicked December - 31 - 2013 - Tuesday Comments Off

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A new concept video for the Samsung Galaxy S5 shows what Samsung’s next phone could be like if it takes a couple features from the iPhone 5s and iterates on them.

The major focus of the new concept video is what the video creators Rozetked call Reach ID. The idea of Reach ID is very similar to Apple’s Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, but a bit more useful. Where Touch ID is only accessible from the iPhone’s home button, the concept Reach ID unlocks the phone with a fingerprint from anywhere.

With the Reach ID concept you would simply put your finger anywhere on the home button or homescreen of the Galaxy S5 to unlock the phone. Or, if you can’t reach your phone for some reason, Reach ID can unlock the S5 with just your voice. Presumably such a feature use a specific passphrase or cadence like Touchless Control feature of the Moto X, but because this is a concept video it’s not limited to such restrictions.

Speaking of not limited to reality, this concept video shows some neat voice control features that let you create a workflow for your phone. The voice control features in the concept video can open the music app, play songs from Metallica, then open the most recent photos in the Gallery app with just a few sentences and no taps required. Even more than Reach ID the feature seems like a ways off, and, if it did exist, it probably wouldn’t use the Google Now UI, but it’s always nice to dream.

Of course, the video ends with specs of the concept Samsung Galaxy S5 that make sense with the most recent rumored specs for the phone. They include a 5.2-inch 2K (2560×1440 resolution) display, a 64-bit Exynos 5 Octa processor, Android 4.4 KitKat, and 3GB of RAM.

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The Galaxy S5 is one of the most hotly anticipated phones of 2014, with many more concepts to come.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is still a few months away, so expect a few more concept videos like this one and a few more rumors before it actually comes out. We don’t know much about the next Samsung flagship, but if it’s anything like this concept video, it should be a very exciting phone. If Samsung is following in the natural progression of what it had done for the past several major device launches, then it’s likely to have the best in class specifications; many of which have been listed above. Also, if you’re interested in seeing what other creative types have concocted in terms of concepts, then check out the hybrid HTC One / Galaxy device here

What features would you like to see in the Samsung Galaxy S5? Excited for it? Or holding out for something else? Let us know what’s next on your watch list!

Thanks, Oleg!

Galaxy S5 metal concept thinks it’s an HTC One relative

Posted by wicked December - 28 - 2013 - Saturday Comments Off

Galaxy S5 Metal Concept

The Galaxy S5 is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated handsets of next year – just like its predecessors in the years before – so we’re not surprised to see concept images hit the web at regular intervals.

Today we’re looking at a Galaxy S5 metal concept that’s very similar with the HTC One. Hasan Kaymak, a designer that usually envisions HTC concept devices according to Concept Phones, imagined the Galaxy S5 in the images below.

We’re looking at a handset that features a large edge-to-edge display of unspecified size, dual front speakers (just like the HTC One), a slim physical home button, a large camera on the curved back, a metal body with curved corners and a new microUSB reversible connector (although we expect such ports to be available on smartphones in a few years only, and not sooner).

In addition to imagining the design of the Galaxy S5, Kaymak has also played around with Samsung’s TouchWiz. The device would run Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz 5 on top, and on the lock screen you wouldn’t see a notifications bar. Instead, notifications would appear under the picture of the user, and they’d be interactive notifications. A swipe from top to bottom would bring up the notifications bar, while a click on the right side of the settings panel would expand the settings options. Support for voice-based commands is also hinted at in some of these images (check out the gallery below).

Naturally, we’ll remind you that this is just a concept Galaxy S5, which has nothing to do with the actual product that Samsung is expected to unveil and launch in the coming months. Here’s another Galaxy S5 concept, which imagines a device with a curved display.

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