We found in a study1 that 88 percent of people are consuming large amounts of digital content on tablets at home, and more than half of them watch TV several times a week on their tablet. This validated a problem – how do you get a great visual content experience on a relatively small device? We had to find a way to deliver a bigger screen experience while preserving tablet portability.
Our solution: the first tablet to integrate a Pico Projector – the YOGA Tablet. With the projector you can beam a 16:9 high resolution image onto a surface for an instant 50-inch theater experience. What’s more – we engineered an innovative cylindrical handle to house an 18-hour battery, necessary for video buffs.
Original YOGA Tablet 2 Pro with Pico projector
Customers loved the projector, and their reaction helped spur integration of projectors into other products. For the past two years, our R&D teams have refined that technology and looked for the best opportunities to deliver a bigger, more sharable display to different customers – even business users. Earlier this year we launched our first module-based tablet, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, which features swappable modules for extreme productivity, including a projector so you can easily present and share your screen.
Lenovo Smart Cast
We’re also looking at which future products could benefit from a projector, and started with our Smart Cast smartphone concept product unveiled at Tech World 2015.
Equipped with an infrared camera sensor, the Smart Cast projector displays a virtual keyboard and responds to user gestures like typing. If brought to market, these type of advancements in projector technology will allow us to move beyond the traditional limitations of a physical device. Imagine – any tabletop or flat surface could be instantly turned into a keyboard for greater productivity and flexibility. You can see its potential brought to life in this virtual piano-playing demo from Tech World 2015.
As we as consumers continue to choose extremely mobile multimedia-optimized devices, I expect we’re going to see more and more products with second-screen capabilities, integrated or attachable – whether it’s a smartphone with a camera/projector combination, a laptop that projects a bigger display or even a projector that can be bought as a stand-alone device, like our pocket Pico projector.