This week, Lenovo showed off their Smart Cast mobile phone. Lenovo phones are generally good but what sets this one apart from the rest is a inbuilt projector that can be used to view videos etc. on a way on can be angled down so that it can be used as a keyboard to support on screen.
This is a really good attempt to make some useful augmented reality tools.
The Smart Cast is a world first, thanks to its laser projector built into the top of the phone. While it’s capable of throwing images and video onto a screen or wall, the really cool feature here is a projected virtual keyboard. It’s combined with an infrared motion detector and gesture control algorithms, so it can be used to type messages, play games, or as demonstrated on stage, play a virtual piano. What’s more, the projected image is entirely separate from what’s on the screen of the phone. This makes it an interesting feature for gaming, work, or even for video chats.