"Lenovo's been the number one PC company for over three years now," says Gerry Smith, an Executive Vice President at Lenovo and President of its Data Center Group, in a recent video. In fact, Lenovo's 2015 PC sales represented about 20% of total market share according to Gartner. That's a pretty remarkable accomplishment for a company that The Wall Street Journal, described, "as recently as 2005 . . . But a lot has changed in the past 10 years or so – especially in Lenovo's now worldwide supply chain. These days, Lenovo has operations in 60 countries, customers around the planet, and it relies on a revamped supply chain driven by such thoroughly modern imperatives as sustainability, product security, real-time planning, and customer centricity.
Lenovo has opened an unmanned convenience store in China, using it as a testbed for trialling facial-recognition, e-payment, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality (AR) technologies, with its tablets acting as the staffers of the store. The Lenovo Lecoo Unmanned Store is located at the tech company's campus in Beijing, with VP of Research and Technology Daryl Cromer saying Lenovo can learn "everything" from the trial. "Shopping at the store is quite simple. You walk up to the door, cameras recognise your face, you browse the aisles, pick out what you want as usual, then -- and here's the magic -- you just walk out, and your account is automatically settled via your mobile payment," Lenovo explained. "We can now understand some of the technologies and challenges our customers face, allowing us to make better devices and tailored solutions. The store becomes a powerful pilot program for technologies that move beyond the Lenovo campus."
BERLIN, September 5, 2019 – Today, at the company's annual Tech Life event, Lenovo unveiled an array of new smarter home, laptop, AR and mobile devices, designed to provide'Smarter Technology for All'. Smart is used to signify innovation, breaking the rules and pushing boundaries but instead has become a byword for connectivity. As a result, Lenovo is focused on an ongoing vision and commitment to develop technologies that are not only smarter, but are available, accessible and benefit everyone. As a global technology leader Lenovo believes its duty is to develop world-changing technologies that can create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society – for everyone, everywhere. Premium Yoga PCs from Lenovo are known for their computing power, first-rate craftsmanship, and immersive entertainment.
In this interview, Priya Natarajan, senior director and head of worldwide go to market at Lenovo discusses the evolution of the data center and how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are being used to streamline workloads and improve reliability. SDxCentral: Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) make it possible to automate some data center operations, but all this data that is collected can overwhelm networks. How does Lenovo see AI and ML impacting the data center? Priya Natarajan: Data center technologies are evolving rapidly to keep up with the growing volume of data. By observing patterns within the network, ML can be applied to understand the status of the network, identify bottlenecks and predict how it will react to future workloads.
You might know Lenovo for its laptops and Yogabooks, but the electronics maker is apparently used to conjuring up some pretty far-out concepts much more exciting than a 2-in-1. At its third annual Tech World innovation summit, it has revealed not just a couple of new Yogabook colors, but also the concept products it's most proud of, including an augmented reality headset and a smart speaker-projector. Lenovo envisions the daystAR headset as a standalone vision processing unit with a 40-degree field of view. It doesn't need to be connected to a phone or a PC, and the company expects developers to use its homegrown AR platform to create apps for the device. Next in the list is SmartCast, which is supposed to boast a lot more capabilities than the speakers with voice assistants of today, such as Amazon's Echo and its own Echo clone.