Tech hardware company Lenovo believes they have found the future of mobile phones capabilities, unveiling their plans to release a projection enabled smartphone earlier this week.
Called the Lenovo Smart Cast, the company is hoping that the feature will become standard. The phone will feature two modes: wall and surface. The projection mode uses a tiny DLP laser projector, one Lenovo is boasting is “the world’s smallest laser projector module,” built into the interior of the phone. The surface mode will project phone’s screen onto any flat surface allowing the use of virtually any surface as a functional touch screen.
The piece of tech is quite impressive in action if it does manage to work as planned. The video Lenovo published on their Youtube account that showed off the phone’s capabilities, including the use of the projected touch screen for typing and using popular apps like Fruit Ninja. Not many details were given on the specifics of the phone’s abilities and what is required for the functionality to work properly.
This wouldn’t be the first time a tech company would be experimenting with the idea of mobile projection. In 2012, Samsung put out the Galaxy Beam phone, a smartphone with a built-in projector. While tech sites like Engadget praised the phone for its projector, it failed as a modern smartphone at the time with it’s outdated OS, camera and processor. While a second iteration was released in overseas in asian territories, the Beam II never came state side.
Specifics on pricing and release dates of the Smart Cast were not given, but we can expect news in the coming weeks. Check out the video yourself below.