Lenovo Tech World 2022: the next digital transformation

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During Lenovo Tech World 2022 on October 18, the company unveiled its wide-ranging ambitions for digital transformation. With innovation and sustainability at its core, Lenovo unveiled its new portfolio, metaverse solutions and plans with edge, cloud and data center for enterprises.

“It is our evolution in the combination of the virtual world and the physical world,” said Yang Yuanqing, president and CEO of Lenovo, during the Tech World 2022 pre-briefing event.

The CEO talked about digital twins, virtual and physical workspaces, and the evolution of information and communication technology companies.

“ICT companies are in a new phase of a digital and intelligent transformation, under the new IT architecture of the cloud. Not only in devices, but also in horizontal solutions, “said Yuanqing.” Innovations are the building blocks that we can leverage to build different types of industries “, when it comes to the edge, artificial intelligence, solutions cloud, big data and IoT.

Lenovo’s metaverse solutions

Lenovo’s vision of the metaverse moves away from extreme virtualities and turns to augmented reality solutions for businesses and industries. The company’s digital twin-style metaverse is supported by its new edge computing devices, the Motorola edge + with 5G and ThinkReality A3 AR glasses.

“The metaverse is a hybrid of physical and virtual worlds, where people and objects connect and interact with each other,” said Yong Rui, SVP and CTO of Lenovo. “With the combined and enhanced information of the metaverse, we can provide users with more engaging and interactive experiences and solve industry challenges with greater efficiency and lower costs.”

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The company unveiled an industrial example of twin digital robotic solutions for the metaverse for the power industry. Using this metaverse concept, dangerous and time-consuming inspections of power grids and power generation equipment are monitored via real-time sensors in the digital twin or virtual world. Meanwhile, robots are being used to carry out maintenance and close inspections.

Key to its metaverse, Lenovo’s AR glasses are known for their industrial uses and compete in this area with AR glasses suppliers such as Microsoft’s Hololens. The company claims that its AR glasses support versatile applications and render high-definition images in real time combined with their edge computing technology.

“These technologies (AR and edge computing) are critical to ensuring the best metaverse experience,” added Rui.

Using the metaverse, companies can simulate hundreds of thousands of different scenarios, test applications, and run different processes. Lenovo believes these solutions are not a vision of the future, but something that is happening now. The company now has the technology and resources to create these metaverse applications.

The company tries to differentiate itself from most tech companies by working with the competition and not against it. Its metaverse, edge, cloud, data center, and hybrid smart devices are built in collaboration with partners such as NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Microsoft and Google.

Devices and research and development: smart spaces and form factor innovation

Luca Rossi, president of the Lenovo Intelligent Devices Group, presented intelligent space solutions and took a peek at the future devices the company is working on.

Responding to customers’ demand for significant innovation, Lenovo is increasing investment in research and development for devices that go beyond the device itself and create smarter spaces. For example, the company’s offer for Smart Collaboration innova for the hybrid workspace and the new Room Configurator allows users to create collaborative spaces for companies in just a few clicks.

“In the past, people’s experiences were centered around an individual device in a specific physical space. Today we are transcending towards immersive experiences that combine physical and virtual thanks to the technological ecosystem, “said Rossi.

Rossi highlighted the Freestyle app, a free consumer software solution that offers a way to connect and share across devices. The app is designed to solve fragmented experiences by making the Lenovo PC the center of the home.

Lenovo is also revamping its range of Motorola edge smartphones. Rossi revealed that the company is working on AR and virtual reality solutions that don’t require AR or VR glasses. These would be powered by holographic hardware.

“We will continue to see major changes in the way we collaborate. One area we are exploring is cyber rooms that provide physical holographic solutions for telepresence communication, ”said Rossi.

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Furthermore, Rossi revealed a functional prototype of a smartphone with an expandable screen. Although rollable screen concepts have been around for years, they rarely got beyond the design stage. The rollable proof of concept functional prototype presented by Lenovo does not sacrifice screen size and can fit at a smaller size than any other premium smartphone. The smartphone content dynamically adjusts to the device as it expands or contracts in the user’s palm.

According to Rossi, roll-up screens are part of the natural evolution of form factor innovation that has been present throughout the company’s history. With the Yoga range, Lenovo has pioneered the 360 ​​° convertible laptop industry. Other brands like Microsoft and Samsung have subsequently adopted these concepts. With its foldable ThinkPad and Motorola Razr, Lenovo has continued to invest in flexible OLED displays.

Rossi added that the company was working to apply the rollable expandable screen concept to other devices such as personal computers and notebooks.

“The possibilities of a rollable laptop are also interesting. It will take multitasking navigation and mobility applications to another level, “said Rossi.” I believe form factor innovation is a very dynamic space and we will continue to see innovation in the field. “

Edge, data center and cloud computing

The most significant growth areas for Lenovo are edge computing, data centers, supercomputers, and the cloud. As reported by TechRepublic on September 22, Lenovo unveiled the largest portfolio in its history for this industry. During the Tech World Event, Kirk Skaugen, EVP and president of Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group, reviewed the new portfolio.

The range includes more than 50 new and improved products, solutions and services such as the next generation of ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile and ThinkEdge storage and services. These are powered by the next generation AMD and Intel Xeon scalable processors.

Additionally, the company unveiled the new XClarity One, a dashboard that unifies data management for cloud or edge operations. Finally, taking into account energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions, Lenovo’s latest generation of Neptune and CO2 Offset water cooling services supports companies in their zero-carbon efforts. Additionally, the company is turning to materials such as vegan leather, recycled aluminum and bamboo, while strengthening its end-of-life program to promote sustainability.

From transforming smart cities to personal devices and computing resources, Lenovo wants to demonstrate that it thinks big and seeks to act in every consumer sector. With aspirations in devices, edge, cloud, and intelligence, it will be interesting to see if the company can thrive in all of these areas simultaneously.

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