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Now you can impress your friends with your rendition of “Chopsticks” on any surface.
BEAM ME UP SCOTTY

Cool Lenovo smartphone actually projects your touchscreen anywhere

By Adam Epstein

Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo is finally giving the people what they want: The ability to play “Fruit Ninja” on your kitchen table.

The company unveiled the Smart Cast concept phone with a wacky presentation at its Tech World conference in Beijing on May 28. Renowned concert pianist Lang Lang played around on a virtual keyboard projected by the phone, before playing on a real piano while the device acted as his sheet music.

But Smart Cast isn’t just for honing your virtual piano skills. According to Lenovo, “Users can transform their wall into a movie theatre to watch videos, give a presentation, or even play games like Fruit Ninja using hang gestures on the table or cast onto the wall.”

The smartphone uses a built-in “focus-free” laser projector and infrared motion detectors to get the job done. By “twisting” the phone’s lens, you can toggle it between standard projector mode, which beams your display onto a wall, to surface mode, which projects the screen onto a flat surface, like a desk or table. Here’s a demo:

This is, apparently, the first time such technology has ever been used in a smartphone. Samsung’s bulky Galaxy Beam smartphone is equipped with a built-in pico projector, but Lenovo’s appears to be the smallest and most advanced ever made.

Lenovo says the goal is to make smartphones perform more like PCs.”This first-ever technology combination opens a new world of interaction,” the company said in a news release.

There’s no word yet on price or a release date. Quartz has reached out to Lenovo for more information and we’ll update this story as it becomes available.

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