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Shape-Shifting Screens, Smart Cities, Mixed Realities, and AI Everything: Predicting 2023 and Beyond



Mohammed Hilili, General Manager, Lenovo Gulf, shares his insight into what technologies will become mainstream in 2023 and beyond.

Smarter, more integrated technology is already transforming everything from the devices in our hands to how we collaborate with colleagues or even buy groceries. As artificial intelligence and edge computing proliferate, bringing power and efficiency to countless industries and activities, we see tremendous change happening.

But what will 2023 (and beyond) bring? What surprises are ahead for our rapidly advancing relationship with technology? Below we explore some of the technologies already emerging – but which are set to change our world even more in the near future.

‘Holographic’ Technology will Energise Meetings
In our new hybrid world of work, technology will step up to create meetings where ‘holographic’ attendees feel nearly as real as being there in the flesh. Technologies that can bring teams together, even if they are working across several continents, will grow in importance in the hybrid, remote, and increasingly global workplaces of the future.

For presentations, product launches, or meetings with other organisations, augmented and mixed reality will offer a new way for organisations to make an impact, with life-size ‘holograms’ that can interact with virtual objects (for example, to show off a new prototype, or to explore a ‘digital twin’ of a real-world object).

Lenovo’s concept Cyber Space technology shows off how this ‘phygital’ approach (blending the physical and digital) might work, with a specially coated glass that is semi-transparent and semi-reflective, and which allows people behind it to physically interact with life-sized objects.

Shape-Changing Devices Will Boost Hybrid Work
Lenovo’s next-gen 16-inch ThinkPad X1 Fold refines the foldable PC category. Screen size remains valuable in an age of multi-tasking and devices designed to shoot and edit videos, stream content, play games, and every other activity packed into our portable devices. In the future, the phones in our pockets might actually be a lot smaller – a reversal of the trend long-seen in smartphones – but ‘extend’ or ‘unfold’ to become larger when we need to use them. An unassuming, familiar device can switch into productivity mode with the touch of a button.

Motorola’s Rollable Proof of Concept debuted at Lenovo Tech World and is compact and pocketable when retracted and expands for a large screen when you need it. This year, Lenovo and Motorola unveiled two pioneering devices which illustrate how the devices of the future might transform whenever the user desires, equipping the hybrid, mobile user of the future.

Motorola’s 312 Labs innovation group designed a concept rollable smartphone which retracts to just 4.5 inches tall – far more pocket-friendly than most premium devices. When users need more screen space (for work, or just to unwind with a movie or a game), the concept device expands from a 5-inch display to 6.5-inch, as big as market-leading devices.

Lenovo’s Rollable PC proof of concept shows a flexible display that rolls out on command on a motor for a larger screen size, while maintaining its thin and light form. For mobile workers, Lenovo also showed off a proof-of-concept Rollable PC, which rolls out a 15.3-inch screen for added productivity (for example, offering additional screen space for coders). The screen rolls out on command thanks to motors inside the laptop, so workers can boost their productivity and flexibility at the touch of a button.

The Lenovo Glasses T1 is a wearable private display for on-the-go content consumption. And for those who need portability, privacy, and extended screen space, don’t be surprised if you see more people “wearing” their screens.

The Metaverse Will Change the Way We Work
The metaverse is going to edge closer to reality – but it won’t be about cartoon avatars and games. Instead, metaverse technology will be driven by the world of work, not play. We’re probably at an equivalent stage to the mid-90s World Wide Web in terms of the evolution of the metaverse, and big leaps are just around the corner.

Teams will learn to collaborate, share and work in immersive spaces – what we refer to as the Enterprise Metaverse – and that will drive the adoption of the technology. Rather than games such as flight simulators, it will be ‘job simulators’ – immersive training – which drives the adoption of the metaverse.

The ThinkReality VRX is a next-level VR headset for immersive training, collaboration, and 3D design. Solutions such as Lenovo’s ThinkReality VRX headset are coming to market to enable workers to collaborate together in virtual reality and enable rapid, cost-effective training programmes.

At Lenovo, we believe that the future of the metaverse is collaborative and truly open, where ideas and technology are easily shared, rather than being restricted inside ‘walled gardens’ controlled by one company.

Shops Will Get Smarter
Artificial intelligence will increasingly shape the world around us – and accelerate daily activities such as shopping. In the near future, AI servers may analyse multiple video feeds from cameras in the aisles of shops to watch for large quantities of items being removed at the same time, and monitor deliveries to the store to ensure that inventory stays high. This will enable shops to keep track of goods more efficiently, more rapidly adjust to supply and demand, improve profit margins – and ensure customers get what they paid for.

When customers ‘click and buy’, AI cameras will keep a watchful eye to ensure they get what they ordered, cutting out an irritating part of the modern, self-checkout shopping experience. American retailer Kroger has 2,750 stores across the United States and is using Lenovo edge AI servers to spot when things go wrong at the checkout. Lenovo’s edge servers monitor video data in real-time, and an AI system offers customers a ‘nudge’ in the form of a five-second video displayed on the checkout screen if an item has not been scanned. Customers then have an option to resolve the problem – with Lenovo’s AI servers able to intelligently monitor 20 hi-res video feeds at once.

Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) Will Power Smart Cities
In the future, intelligent cameras will manage traffic in ‘smart cities’, cutting pollution, congestion, and road accidents – and edge computing servers will enable everything from holographic teaching to augmented reality shopping.

Why edge computing? Multi-access edge computing (MEC) means that requests are processed within the smart city itself, rather than having to travel to some far-away data centre, meaning that queries can be answered within milliseconds. In Barcelona, a pilot scheme is showing the power of edge computing, with 3,000 Lenovo servers across the city enabling internet-of-things devices and cameras to deliver data where it is needed.

In the future, edge computing could even help cities hit pollution targets by controlling traffic lights so cars drive in a more fuel-efficient way.

Hybrid Work Will Enable New Technologies
The way we work has changed forever, and in tomorrow’s new hybrid workspace, the way companies use technology will change – with a shift towards technologies such as smart sensors, and a move to renting everything from hardware to the office experience itself. This will cut overheads for new businesses, enabling young companies to scale more rapidly and flexibly.

This shift is already underway, with a Lenovo survey of 500 CTOs finding that 43% said their company’s technology architecture was ‘improved’ and elements such as smart devices (76%) and smart internet-of-things (70%) surging in importance in the past year.

Businesses will shift towards a more fluid model where the entire office experience and related solutions and services can be provided by a third party. Lenovo now offers a managed employee experience where companies can rent a workplace solution, rather than just hardware or software – including (for example) IT infrastructure and support and performance analytics as well as cloud and data infrastructure services.

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Motorola Edge 50 Ultra Boasts Powerful Processor, Huge Storage, and Pantone Colours



Motorola is shaking things up in the premium phone market with the Edge 50 Ultra, a device boasting high-end specs, unique design elements, and a competitive price tag. The Edge 50 Ultra goes beyond just powerful hardware. It embodies Motorola’s “hello smARTphone” tagline by offering a phone that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is functional. The series boasts a “harmonious” design, featuring finishes like real wood, suede, and even a special edition “pearl polymer” crafted in Italy.

The phone celebrates its industry-first Pantone Validated camera and display with a special edition colour – the trendy Peach Fuzz, alongside Forest Grey (vegan leather) and Nordic Wood (real wood). A brushed aluminium frame and curved edges complete the sophisticated look and feel. Motorola has strategically focused on what matters most to users while keeping costs in check. The Edge 50 Ultra features a large 6.7-inch Super HD+ display with a super smooth 144Hz refresh rate, ideal for gamers. While it boasts a lower pixel density than some competitors, it prioritizes affordability without sacrificing a great viewing experience.

Similarly, the camera system skips the trendy periscope zoom lens but delivers a well-rounded setup. The main camera is a powerful 50MP Sony sensor with optical image stabilization, accompanied by a 50MP ultrawide sensor and a 64MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. Even the front-facing camera boasts a large 50MP sensor with autofocus, ensuring high-quality selfies and video calls.

Where the Edge 50 Ultra shines is its processing muscle and storage options. It packs the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, keeping pace with the top flagships. But it goes a step further by offering a staggering 512GB or even 1TB of storage, coupled with 12GB or a whopping 16GB of RAM. This is a remarkable feat at its price point.

The Edge 50 Ultra boasts a large 4,500mAh battery that should last a full day on a charge. But the real highlight is the charging speeds. The phone comes with a 125W charger that can refill the battery in about 20 minutes, and it even supports 50W wireless charging, putting it on par with leading competitors.

Motorola has layered its new Hello UX on top of stock Android 14. This interface offers a light touch, focusing on customization, intuitive gestures, and enhanced AI features through Moto AI. It prioritizes user experience without cluttering the stock Android experience. The Motorola Edge 50 Ultra will be available in the coming weeks in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania. The starting price for the 12GB/512GB variant is 699 EUR (approximately AED 2700).

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CORSAIR Launches New HS35 v2 Gaming Headsets



CORSAIR has announced the release of its HS35 v2 series gaming headsets, including the HS35 v2 and HS35 SURROUND v2 models. These headsets are designed to enhance the audio experience across various gaming platforms due to their universal 3.5mm connectivity, making them compatible with PCs, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.

The HS35 v2 series features custom-tuned 50mm neodymium drivers that deliver a broad and dynamic range of sound, enhancing the auditory detail within games. Additionally, the HS35 SURROUND v2 model includes a USB receiver that activates Dolby Audio 7.1 surround sound on PC and Mac, providing a more immersive audio environment. This feature is particularly beneficial in competitive games, allowing players to accurately discern the direction of enemy movements and audio cues.

Designed for comfort during extended gaming sessions, the HS35 v2 headsets feature an adjustable suspended headband to alleviate head pressure, and soft fabric ear pads to keep ears cool and comfortable. The headsets also come equipped with on-ear controls for easy volume adjustment and muting, as well as a flexible omnidirectional microphone for clear communication.

Available in three colours—classic black, muted red, and deep blue—the HS35 v2 series can be purchased from the CORSAIR webstore and select retailers. They are immediately available in North America and will be available in Europe and other regions worldwide on April 30. CORSAIR offers a two-year warranty for both models, supported by its global customer service and technical support network.

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CORSAIR Enters DDR5 Workstation Market with RDIMM ECC Memory Kits



CORSAIR has announced it is entering the DDR5 Workstation market with the introduction of a range of WS DDR5 RDIMM memory kits. Engineered to offer uncompromising performance and reliability, these ECC RDIMM kits redefine the capabilities of the newest workstations and are compatible with the latest 4th Gen Intel Xeon and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 processors.

This new range of memory kits boasts capacities of up to 256GB, setting a new standard for memory-intensive tasks such as high-resolution media editing, 3D rendering, and AI training. Rigorously tested and carefully screened, these modules surpass JEDEC specifications with tighter timings and higher frequencies, ensuring optimal performance for the most demanding workloads.

The DDR5 registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) support Error Correction Code (ECC), enabling real-time error detection and correction for consistently reliable data processing. This commitment to stability caters to the needs of workstation users who rely on uninterrupted performance for their professional endeavours.

Achieving optimal performance is straightforward thanks to support for Intel XMP 3.0 and AMD EXPO. A few clicks to load the faster profile in the UEFI BIOS is all that’s required to unleash incredible throughput on compatible hardware, making these DDR5 RDIMMs user-friendly while maintaining top-tier performance.

Understanding the diverse needs of professional users, CORSAIR offers a range of capacities, including 4x 16GB kits (64GB), 8x 16GB kits (128GB), 4x 32GB kits (128GB), and 8x 32GB kits for a massive 256GB of high-speed DDR5 memory. Frequencies reaching up to 6,400MT/s ensure abundant bandwidth to tackle the most resource-intensive tasks.

To help tackle the heat generated during the most intensive workloads, CORSAIR has integrated a PGS layer, efficiently distributing heat away from the Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) and across the RDIMMs. This design ensures quality cooling and reliability even under the most demanding conditions.

CORSAIR WS DDR5 RDIMM memory provides professionals with the memory they need to elevate their work to new heights by getting more done in less time, all backed up by a name they can trust. CORSAIR WS DDR5 RDIMM memory kits are available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. CORSAIR WS DDR5 RDIMM memory is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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