What you need to know
- Lenovo announced three new ThinkSmart pieces of hardware for meeting rooms.
- Lenovo also announced ThinkSmart Manager 2.0.
- The ThinkSmart Cam and ThinkSmart Edition Tiny with Intel Unite will ship in January 2021, and the ThinkSmart Bar will ship in February 2021.
Lenovo announced three new accessories to improve meeting spaces. The new ThinkSmart Cam, ThinkSmart Bar, and ThinkSmart Edition Tiny for Intel Unite all include several features optimized for meeting rooms. The ThinkSmart Cam and Bar will be available in January and February 2021, respectively. The ThinkSmart Edition Tiny with Intel Unite will also be available in January 2021.
Think ThinkSmart Cam is a 4K HDR camera that can be used for small and medium meeting rooms. It has AI and Smart capabilities to enhance meetings. The camera can auto-reframe, track speakers, and is whiteboard-aware. It has a 100-degree horizontal field of view and a 68-degree vertical field of view, so you should be able to fit in an entire meeting room with ease. The ThinkSmart Cam has a Vision Processing Unit and Neural Network for AI to enable its smart features.
The ThinkSmart Bar is a premium soundbar with four built-in microphones. Lenovo highlights that these microphones are beamforming, so they should create immersive meeting room audio.
The ThinkSmart Edition Tiny for Intel Unite is a unique PC that allows multiple people to present to it simultaneously. You can connect to the device wirelessly from smartphones, tablets, and laptops. The Intel Unite app works with major platforms, including Skype for Business, Zoom, and WebEx. The ThinkSmart Edition Tiny for Intel Unite runs Windows 10 IoT.
ThinkSmart Manager 2.0 is a remote management utility. Version 2.0 adds executive dashboard in-meeting analytics for Microsoft Teams Rooms, user-configurable email notifications, and more. There are also new iOS and Android apps to help manage meetings.