Lenovo just announced a bunch of stuff at its first ever tech conference in Beijing (which you can read more about here and here), and as is true of most of these big events, Lenovo showed off tons of stuff dotting the spectrum from real products to moonshot ideas. This crazy-lookin’ smartwatch is one of the latter.
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This guy is what Lenovo is calling the “Magic View” smartwatch, which is like any other round smartwatch except one key difference—it’s got a big, honkin’ second screen underneath the watch face. Android Central, who spent some time with this weird prototype, describes its most eye-catching feature:
But the star of the show is Lenovo’s new Virtual Interactive Display (VID), which lives below the main LCD on a panel of its own. This panel appears opaque from a distance, but hold it up to your eye and you’ll see a full-sized image. It’s not unlike the handful of eye-based wearable displays we’ve seen in recent years, including Google Glass and Sony’s Smart Eyeglasses. The picture is clear, but significant movement has the potential to blur things out of focus.
The oddities don’t stop with just the second screen either. Android Central also points out that the current prototype is running some sort of hybrid Android OS, not quite Android Wear but not quite Android proper either.
The prototype no doubt faces many hurdles before it can even consider becoming a real thing. For one, um...battery life? Most Android Wear smartwatches can barely score a day of battery life. Add a second screen to the mix, and I hope you’re comfortable lugging around a battery pack everywhere you go. Also, it’s probably going to need some widespread developer adoption for it to become anything incredibly interesting.
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