[CES 2017] Lenovo introduces Smart Assistant with Alexa, other smart home products

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The Lenovo Smart Assistant (pictured), Smart Storage, and 500 Multimedia Controller aim to improve the smart home experience.

Lenovo has announced a trio of smart home products designed to improving the experience and making smart home technology more accessible.

“Our goal has never been to simply build smart home devices for the sake of advancing technology alone,” says Johnson Jia, Lenovo’s senior vice president, PC & Smart Device Business Group. “In the same way a person’s IQ is measured by applied knowledge, we believe products are ‘smart’ to the degree they’re actually understood and applied to daily life by their users.”

Let’s see what Lenovo has in store for the smart home.

Lenovo Smart Assistant with Amazon Alexa

Lenovo designed the Lenovo Smart Assistant, a new mainstream digital personal assistant, with Amazon Alexa cloud-based voice services. Built in collaboration with Amazon, the elegantly designed Lenovo Smart Assistant recognizes users’ voice commands to conduct web searches, play music, create lists, calendar reminders and much more. And because Alexa’s brains are in the cloud, it means she’s always getting smarter. The Lenovo Smart Assistant is also designed to run Lenovo smart home devices, as well as scores of existing third-party products to expand user options.

A special Harman Kardon® edition for premium audio quality for music and home entertainment will also be released.

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Lenovo Smart Assistant (white).

Features and Specifications

The Lenovo Smart Assistant will have the following features and specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3060 Processor
  • Microphone Array: 6 + 2 Microphone, Far Field, >5M, 360°
  • Speaker: 1x 5W Tweeter + 1x 10W Woofer
  • Voice Service: Alexa® Voice Service
  • Memory: 2GB DRAM
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Connectivity
    • WLAN: 1x 1 Wi-Fi 802.11n
    • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Button Array
    • 1x Trigger Button
    • 1x Volume Control
  • Color Options
    • Light Gray
    • Harman Black
    • Orange
  • Size: 1.5 L
  • Weight: Starting at 1.67 lbs (0.76 kg)

The Lenovo Smart Assistant starts at $129.99USD, while the Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Edition starts at $179.99USD. Both versions will be available beginning in May 2017.

Lenovo Smart Storage

Lenovo Smart Storage, rounding out Lenovo’s mainstream smart home offerings, is a secure digital storage solution with a massive 6TB capacity, dual-band wireless access and multi-device autosync capabilities. Designed for security and P2P (peer-to-peer) access to stored media like photos, music, and documents, Lenovo Smart Storage offers users quick control of data and files. Its integrated facial recognition software can organize an entire photo library based on faces with high accuracy.

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Lenovo Smart Storage.

Features and Specifications

Lenovo Smart Storage will have the following features and specifications:

  • Processor: Intel® Celeron® N3060 Processor (1.6 GHz Dual-Core, 6W)
  • Memory RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • ROM: 8GB eMMC
  • Storage: 1x 3.5″ SATA HDD (2TB or 6TB)
  • Cooling Fan
  • Connectivity: 2x 2 Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Dual-band
  • Ports
    • RJ45 1000M
    • 2x USB 3.0
    • Reset
    • One Key Upload Button
  • Color: White
  • App Support: Lenovo Smart App
  • Dimensions (W x L x H)
    • 115 x 115 x 180mm
    • 4.53″ x 4.53″ x 7.09″
  • Weight
    • 2 TB: Starting at 3.59 lbs (1.63 kg)
    • 6 TB: Starting at 3.86 lbs (1.75 kg)

Lenovo Smart Storage starts at $139.99USD, and will also be available beginning in May 2017.

Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller

With the explosive growth of internet-enabled smart TV, we built Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller, a state-of-the-art wireless keyboard and mouse that fits in the palm of your hand and dramatically improves not just the way homeowners connect to their PCs, the web and displays, but redefines the very notion of how a compact, Human Interface Device (HID) should look, feel and function. The keyboard area doubles as a Windows 10 gesture-supported, multi-touch capacitive touchpad – meaning that users can type like a normal keypad with their thumbs or glide their fingers across the surface like a touchpad.

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Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller.

Features and Specifications

The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller will have the following features and specifications:

  • 2.4G Wireless Connection
  • Physical On/Off Switch
  • Up to 8 Months Battery Life with 2 x AAA Battery
  • Connectivity: Wireless Nano USB Dongle; 1x Extra 50 cm USB Extended Cable
  • Touchpad DPI: Default 150, Adjustable Up to 1,000 by Physical Function Key
  • Keyboard
    • Layout: US English
    • Type: Metal Dome
    • Life: 1,000,000 Clicks
    • 80 Physical Keys (including 6 media function keys)
  • Compatibility
    • Windows 10
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 8
    • Windows 7
  • Dimensions (W x D x H)
    • 145 x 85.6 x 18.85mm
    • 5.71″ x 3.37″ x 0.74″
  • Weight: Starting at 0.31 lbs (141g) with two AAA batteries (dongle not included in weight)

The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller starts at $54.99USD and will be available beginning in March 2017.

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