At its TechWorld event in Beijing, China today, Lenovo has introduced a new concept smartwatch that aims to address some of the main pain points of that product category. In addition to the main circular display, the Magic View smartwatch incorporates a second screen between the watch face and strap, using a technology Lenovo calls a “Virtual Interactive Display.”
The Smart Cast concept in the Magic View can project a large virtual touch screen on to a table or surface to create a larger than life experience that “opens up a whole new world of interaction” with the possibility of “typing on a virtual keyboard.”
Lenovo explained that the second screen removes the physical limitations of the main screen by using optical reflections to produce a virtual image 20 times larger than the watch face. Showing off a few use cases Lenovo, demonstrated using the second display to project a bigger map, photo slideshow and even play a video.