Lenovo Magic View Watch vs smartwatch extinction

The Internet of Things is constantly growing and the Lenovo Magic View Watch hints at a future where the internet connected smartwatch will have the capability to create a virtual 17” viewing platform. This is of course if there hasn’t been a smartwatch extinction, but more on that later…


Dual screen watch


The Lenovo Magic View Watch was unveiled at Lenovo’s TechWorld event, which was held in Beijing this year. The design of the watch in many ways resembled that of the Moto 360 smartwatch and as Lenovo purchased Motorola Mobility last year, this perhaps shouldn’t have been such a big surprise.


However, there was something odd about the design. Yes the usual oversized watch face dominated the top while a stainless steal strap yearned to encircle the wrist. But, the usual fluidity had been broken by a slightly reflective rectangular panel sitting between the face and strap.


This wasn’t in fact the largest clasp in history, but instead it was a second display, making the Magic View Watch the worlds first dual-screen smartwatch. This secondary screen was activated with a swipe downward on the watch face by two fingers.


Lenovo Magic View Watch


To view the image on this new optical element, the watch must be brought up to within a few inches of the wearer’s eye. At this point this optical illusion appears at a size that is perceived to be twenty times larger than the image on the standard display.


With a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, this secondary display delivers enough definition to view pictures, play videos (in conjunction with the built-in mono speakers), read messages or navigate with a combination of GPS and Street View.


Although purely a concept model, the Lenovo Magic View Watch does demonstrate that smartwatches will have more practical applications in the future. For now the display can only be viewed for a maximum of fifteen seconds before the wearer begins to feel dizzy and there is a slight blue-green tint in the corners of the display. But, the concept does at least prove that smartwatches are here to stay.

Tomorrow’s smartwatch


So what will tomorrow’s smartwatch look like?


The Samsung Gear-A smartwatch may be the next big release and this is scheduled to make an appearance in the autumn. It is highly likely that this watch will have a rotating edge and this will be employed to enable easier movement through the menu, app list or A-Z lists, such as that of the phone book.


We may also see smartwatches that project images onto the wearer’s forearm or palm, which should overcome the barrier of data input. The latest flagship smartphones behave differently depending upon the owners whereabouts so logically this technology will transfer over to the smartwatch with both worn and unworn modes of operation.


Tomorrow’s smartwatch


There will certainly be more sensors built into the next generation of smartwatches with the eventual goal that health can be monitored, conditions pre-empted and preventive medicines automatically administered.


Of course there is the possibility that smartwatches will also become extinct. A smartwatch extinction event could be triggered as flexible electronics evolve and offer the possibility of creating extremely thin smartphones that can be wrapped around the wrist, creating the ultimate wearable.


Written by: Michael Brown

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