CES is an insane place to be. There is SO much to see. So much innovation, so much technology, so much of everything I want and need in my life. It’s insane, but it’s super fun! This month I had grand plans to feature a new product every day, and here we are halfway through the month. Catching up from being away for the week has really taken it’s toll. BUT I’m now ready to feature all of the fantastic things I saw at CES. So get ready!
We are starting out with the awesome things I saw from Lenovo. First up is probably one of my favorite innovations of the show. That is the AnyPen technology from Lenovo. I
want NEED this technology in my life. I’m a stylus girl at heart. I’ve mentioned it before. It must be due to the fact that I’ve been using a digital planner since the invention of the Palm V (I actually worked for Palm during the Palm 3 days, but I didn’t actually get one of my own until Palm V). Those early Palm Pilots came with a stylus, and I was hooked. Since I was coming from a paper planner obsession, the stylus was essential for me, and I find that I still prefer using a stylus with my tablets (which is why I currently carry the Lenovo ThinkPad 10). So picture this, a tablet that you can use ANYTHING to write on it. The pen from the bottom of my purse, the pencil in my daughter’s backpack, the knitting needle I have nearby (totally kidding…. I do NOT knit), anything can be used to write on this tablet! Although, I probably wouldn’t recommend writing on it with a sharpie, permanent ink is still permanent ink.
Here’s a video of me testing it out…
Then they went and took it a whole step further. They introduced a program called WRITEit, which will take your handwriting and turn it into text in ANY field you are trying to type in. So, for example, I’m using my tablet with AnyPen technology, and I open up my web browser, I can tap in the search field and start writing like I normally would write on paper, and it will add the text to the search field.
These two things combined just opened the door for all of those people clinging to their paper notebooks and planners with their ninja like grip. This can totally bridge that gap for them so they can see how much more useful carrying a tablet is than that pad of paper! I literally can not wait to get my hands on this device.
Lenovo also announced the Lavie laptop. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this laptop is AMAZINGLY light weight. I’m not even kidding. When I picked it up it felt like it was a toy, or something like a display model that doesn’t actually turn on… but it DOES!
The other tablet that blew me away was the Yoga Tablet 2 (10 inch model) that has a projector INSIDE the tablet!
This is seriously one of the ultimate mom devices. Throw on a movie for the kids from your tablet ANYWHERE! Plus with the other modes (stand, hang, tilt, etc) there will not be a shortage of ways to utilize this device.
Of course there were also a great deal of things to see from Motorola (who is now owned by Lenovo), and I’m itching to get my hands on a Moto 360 SmartWatch, and the MotoX with it’s custom designs. But the last device to blow me away from Lenovo was the ThinkPad Stack.
It’s hard to tell from this image, but the stack of accessories fits in your hand and pulls apart and connects with magnets to make it super easy to use. The stack contains an external hard drive, a power bank to charge your devices, a mobile hotspot, and a Bluetooth speaker. You can mix and match the accessories, and purchase as many or as few of them as you wish. I love that they all work together and only need one connection to your laptop.
Needless to say I had SO much fun checking out the latest tech from Lenovo! I am dying to get my hands on all of the above!
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com