Lenovo, which is hosting the 2017 Lenovo Tech World Event, has announced that it will also join the list of companies with IA assistants to compete with Siri, Google Now / Assistant, Cortana and others. The company unveiled CAVA, a context-aware virtual assistant, in the acronym in English.
The idea is to provide content relevant to the day-to-day context, such as time to depart for an appointment based on your location and other calendar management features, as well as traffic information and information that you have shown interest in. It will look a lot like Google Now.
The difference is that CAVA will have facial and voice recognition, and, of course, machine learning. Everything to shape each user, offering relevant information. Interestingly, with facial recognition, the wizard will be able to hide notifications from strangers, not registered on the smartphone.
For now, however, the CAVA is only a prototype and is in research only for the Chinese market. That is, it will still take a long time, in fact, to compete with all the AIs already present in the western market.
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Lenovo also introduced daystAR, augmented reality glasses with 40° viewing angle and “independent visual processing unit”. SmartVest is an application to help keep your heart healthy, and the Xiaole platform is a smart way to use AI to help solve technical problems.
Lastly, SmartCast + is a Google Home-style speaker that will also help kids learn Chinese. That is, it will also only be available to the Chinese market, at least initially.
No prices and no release dates were announced. The devices and features mentioned here are still Lenovo projects.
During the event, held every year, the Chinese company showed the public a folding tablet with Android; the model achieves what companies like Samsung and LG have been trying for years. At its normal size, the tablet does what an iPad or Galaxy Tab can do, bring a great-screen experience to users. When folding in half, however, it most resembles a telephone. Another video reveals how the process is flexible.
Its design is the same as other tablets, except for the screen and the opening that is in the central part of the structure; there are several individual buds that allow the unfolding. In addition, its technical specifications are cutting edge, follow the list below:
- 8 inch screen that transforms into 5.5 inches when being folded
- 1920 x 1440 pixels resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Line Chipset
- Radius of 4,2 mm
- Support for e-SIM, the universal standard developed in partnership between Apple and Samsung
- Android 7.0 Nougat under the Lenovo interface as operating system
It is worth mentioning that the device is still a prototype, being able to reach the stores with a different look and a better list of technical aspects. There is likewise the likelihood of the tablet winning a Windows 10 version, such as the Lenovo Yoga Book.
Samsung and LG are the companies that invest more in the creation of flexible screens. Of the first part, there is the Galaxy X family, which has not yet been presented, but may be the beginning of the foldable saga with TouchWiz. LG already ventured to launch the G Flex family in 2013.
Both should compete for a slice in the new niche of the mobile market, that of malleable devices. There is no concrete date for this to happen, but it’s good to keep an eye on the news to learn more about it.