The sudden epidemic disrupted many hardware manufacturers’ new product release plans this year, but Lenovo’s new product releases this year are very frequent.
From savior gaming mobile phones to moto razr blade 5G mobile phones (hereinafter referred to as razr 5G) and the world’s first folding screen computer ThinkPad X1, a number of new products including Xiaoxin Pad Pro were released last week.
Especially in the tablet market, the surge in remote office and education demand in the past few months has caused Lenovo's tablet product sales to increase significantly. According to the market research agency Strategy Analytics, Lenovo was the largest growth in the global tablet market in the second quarter. A fast manufacturer. The recently released Xiaoxin Tablet PC Pro, priced at 1999 yuan, has become the king of price-performance in the market.
It can be seen that in the consumer electronics market outside the PC field, Lenovo is gradually proving its product competitiveness. At Lenovo Tech World 2020, which just ended, Lenovo also showed its "muscle" with a variety of products.
In the past few years, the technology innovation conference has been a stage for Lenovo to showcase various black technologies, such as ThinkPad X1, which was named one of the "Best Inventions of 2019" by Time magazine last year.
This year is no exception. In addition, Yang Yuanqing, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo Group, opened a topic in today's speech: What mission should technology take for today's users? Lenovo also gave the answer with its own products.
The folding screen technology behind blade phones and ThinkPad X1
Among the new products released this year, razr 5G and ThinkPad X1 Fold are one of the few products that have made my eyes shine in the past six months.
Folding screens are not new in today’s consumer electronics market, but razr solves the problem of screen creases that most affect the user experience among similar products. It is currently the only folding screen mobile phone that achieves no visible creases and seamless folds on the screen. Thanks to Lenovo's self-developed star orbit shaft technology.
In fact, Lenovo is one of the earliest companies in the industry that began to develop flexible screen technology. As early as April 2015, Lenovo Research Institute, which focuses on future technology research, initiated flexible technology research internally.
At the 2016 Lenovo Innovation and Technology Conference, Lenovo exhibited the industry's first truly bendable and foldable flexible device prototypes, CPlus and Folio.
▲ CPlus on the left, Folio on the right
However, these two products are designed with an external hinge, which is not conducive to portability and the screen is also easy to damage. Therefore, Lenovo began to study the design of the hinge inward-folding based on the drop-shaped screen in 2017. The star orbit hinge technology adopted by razr 5G is developed on this basis.
▲ Drop-shaped folding form
This design can make the razr 5G screen almost invisible when it is fully folded. According to the test data of the Lenovo laboratory, the star orbit shaft life of this phone reaches more than 200,000 times.
"Quantum Production Line" allows new technologies to land
In addition to the screen and the hinge, the problem that has been plagued by folding screen phones is quality control. Folding screen mobile phones have put forward higher requirements for the production line, which is also an important reason for some previous folding screen mobile phones "turning over".
Ai Faner visited the Lenovo Wuhan factory that produces razr 5G not long ago. According to Qi Yue, the person in charge of Lenovo's Wuhan industrial base, the total number of razr 5G parts is 1.5 times that of ordinary smartphones, involving more than 100 assembly processes, and the difficulty of assembly is traditional mobile phones Twice.
Moreover, flexible screens like razr 5G require 100% precise positioning during fitting. Each screen has only one assembly opportunity. If there is any deviation or skew during the screen assembly process, it will appear due to hitting the frame. Layering causes the screen to be scrapped directly.
In order to meet such high-precision assembly requirements, Lenovo Wuhan Industrial Base uses CCD vision assembly technology to pre-identify the surface features of parts using 3D vision, and then compares the recognition results with accurate background data through big data, and finally the system AI accurately Calculate the distance between each adjacent parts, perform automatic calibration, and then do the final high-precision structural bonding.
At the same time, Lenovo's self-developed "quantum wire" has also been put into use at the Wuhan base. This is an automated assembly line based on 5G+IOT, which undertakes 95% of the production tasks of razr 5G.
With the support of high-speed and massive access to 5G technology, whether it is the operation details of the employees on the production line or the sensor data on the automated production line, local collection and local management can be realized, and the process and parameters of the production line can be quickly adjusted to produce at any time Different models of products
Compared with traditional production lines, the "quantum wire" can reduce manpower by 45% and double the automation rate of 3C equipment assembly lines.
Supply chain has always been one of Lenovo's core competitiveness. In the past two years, Lenovo has also been using 5G, artificial intelligence, big data and other technologies to transform its production lines.
For example, at Lenovo’s Hefei Plant, the world’s largest notebook computer manufacturing base, through the artificial intelligence scheduling program, the scheduling time for more than 2,000 parts was reduced from 6 hours a day to 1.5 minutes, and the defect rate was controlled within 0.08% This is also an important reason why Lenovo can quickly restore production capacity during the epidemic.
Online education: holographic projection will be used in the classroom in the future
The epidemic has changed the way many people work and study, and has also made people aware of the importance of remote collaboration tools. Ai Faner summarized this demand as "home productivity" in the previous article .
When "home productivity" has become a rigid demand, tablets and PCs have also become standard equipment for people's work and study, but in addition to the hardware level, supporting software is also critical to improving "home productivity".
At today's Lenovo Technology Innovation Conference, Lenovo also displayed a series of software and hardware designed for students and teachers, such as super-smart computers, UDS platforms, and intelligent learning and entertainment solutions.
For example, the newly released Xiaoxin Tablet Pro integrates the "Xiaole Smart Care" solution, which uses the DC dimming technology of the flagship phone to ensure that the screen does not flicker after turning down the brightness, reducing vision damage, and also integrates intelligent network optimization , Intelligent noise shielding and screen super resolution and other functions.
What attracts the most attention is the "digital twin teacher", which can use three-dimensional image acquisition and reconstruction technology, large-format holographic projection technology, and 5G transmission technology to show teachers thousands of miles away to students in the form of three-dimensional holographic images .
This "digital twin teacher" can also use the natural somatosensory interaction technology to operate the three-dimensional models of the eight planets in real time, and explain the scientific knowledge of the solar system. Students can interact with the teacher in an immersive manner through AR glasses and somatosensory equipment
In the past two years, there was an article titled "This Screen May Change Destiny", which was a hot topic. It was about the stories of some impoverished areas learning by watching live broadcasts of key middle schools.
The full holographic projection can further smooth the experience differences between online education and offline classrooms. In the future, online education will still change the fate of many students, but its carrier may not necessarily be the screen.
Telecommuting: The most wanted online meeting system for "workers"
Even after many companies resume work, the demand for online meetings has not weakened. Microsoft even stated that 34% of global employees will work from home permanently in the next year.
The current online meeting tools are not easy to be smooth and not stuck, but there are still many pain points to be solved.
For this reason, Lenovo has brought the Thinkplus intelligent meeting solution. In the live display, the camera can automatically identify and focus on the person who is speaking. It can also realize the simultaneous translation and recording of the meeting content through the ASR/NLP intelligent algorithm. Code to get the meeting minutes.
In addition, holographic projection technologies like "digital twin teachers" may also be used in online meetings in the future. Lenovo said that it is storing related technologies and improving user experience through the development of prototypes, and new products will be launched in the near future.
Lenovo's first self-developed industrial robot sprays paint for domestic large aircraft
In addition to the consumer electronics field, Lenovo, which has been transforming towards intelligence in the past two years, also released the first self-developed industrial robot "Morningstar" on yesterday's "Industry Intelligence Day".
This robot uses two Lenovo’s first technologies—hybrid lightweight virtualization engine and progressive model optimization technology, which can autonomously complete fine operations such as painting aircraft parts.
At work, the "Morningstar" robot will scan and perceive the entire workshop in space. The data will be mapped and rendered in real-time on a virtual machine on the edge, and will be navigated and positioned through containerized SLAM technology and moved to the designated spray booth. .
After that, the stereo camera in the robot's "eyes" will transmit the image of the console to the AR glasses worn by the worker through the edge server in real time. After the worker completes a demonstration of the original operation of the machine, the robot will remember this operation, and then realize autonomous spraying Up.
According to Lenovo’s senior vice president and CTO, Dr. Rui Yong, the core technology of the “Morningstar” robot is intelligent edge computing. This is the “side” in Lenovo’s “end-side-cloud-network-intelligence” technical architecture. The technical architecture formally supports Lenovo's foundation for intelligent transformation.
What kind of technological innovation do we need
Returning to the question raised by Yang Yuanqing at the beginning, his answer is:
Through intelligence and innovation, starting from the needs of users, we will give full play to the resilience and liberation of technology, and create a new future with users.
The so-called "resilience" refers to the use of technology to help society heal and recover from group trauma as soon as possible. The "liberation power" is to allow people to have a higher degree of flexibility in the choice of space and the control of time.
Whether a technology company can continue to innovate is the key to whether a technology company can stand in the market for a long time and promote social progress. However, the larger the company, the easier it is to lose the spirit of innovation. As Jobs mentioned in an interview, some technology companies The market has achieved a monopoly position and will no longer pay attention to product improvement. Marketers gradually grasp the company's voice and gradually decline after losing their innovative spirit, just like IBM and Microsoft.
In fact, the innovation that consumers need is not necessarily a disruptive black technology. It is based on user needs to develop and improve a certain technology in a targeted manner, or re-integrate existing ones to design products that better meet user needs. Apple is one of the best.
Lenovo is also moving in this direction. Lenovo is no longer just a hardware manufacturer, but a productivity company that provides services and solutions. Its innovation is to string the pearls of intelligent elements such as artificial intelligence and edge computing into a necklace.
Whether on the C or B side, only when technology companies regard "innovation" as a corporate responsibility, can they truly use technology to improve people's lives and drive society forward.
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