Decorating the smart home may mean the return of bedside clocks and wall photo frames.
Usually when we talk about smart home the first thing that comes to mind is a smart speaker – Hey Google, or Hey Alexa! – and then maybe a smart light, because these are the easiest entry points into the world of the smart home.
But these aren’t the only ways to spruce up your home, although they’re obvious.
Lenovo has dabbled with the bedside clock for a number of years, trying out a Google-equipped pint-sized smart display, but that’s not the only attempt, and this year is launching something. a little more family-friendly with a childish look at the bottom.
The latest attempt is the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential, a bedside clock with an LED display that is not in color, but supports built-in Amazon Alexa, with support for a custom illuminated docking station in low to deliver colors, plus the ability to turn the predominantly black LED screen into a pair of eyes for something cute.
Lenovo’s other attempt to make the home smarter can go on the walls, with a smart framework. Not quite the Google Nest Hub that can function as a smart photo frame, it’s a 21.5-inch Full HD digital canvas measuring the equivalent of 15 × 24 inches, and featuring Android 10 and a Mediatek chip below, with 16 GB of storage.
It can be horizontal or portrait and support Google Photo, but it can also bypass Google login altogether and upload images and photos directly to the Lenovo Photo Frame, with virtual sticky notes that can be added to make it a sort. of home digital hub. all sorts. It will even soon support Instagram directly on the frame, we are told.
Interestingly, the Lenovo Smart Frame is slated for release this month, available from $ 599 in Australia, while the Smart Clock Essential and its Ambient Light Dock don’t yet have a price or release date, but we hope. learn more soon.