Lenovo Smart Clock Integrates with Google Assistant

At CES 2019, Lenovo unveiled the Lenovo Smart Clock, which integrates with smart home platform Google Assistant. With a four-inch IPS touchscreen, the clock allows the user to use voice control in addition to touch control. Along with the touchscreen, the clock has a fabric cover, a USB port for charging, a full-range 6W speaker, and two passive radiators to tune out background noise. Users can connect the Lenovo Smart Clock to a home speaker group to play music, podcasts, audiobooks, and more. Alternatively, users can stream their Lenovo Smart Clock with Chromecast.

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Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant. Photo provided by Lenovo.

The Lenovo Smart Clock is designed to cultivate better sleep habits in the user. Through Google Assistant, users can set up sleep routines like dimming the lights, and displaying calendar events with the voice command “Hey Google, good night”. Due to the fact that too much screen time before bed can negatively affect a user’s ability to fall asleep, using voice commands through Google Assistant is a healthy alternative to looking at screens. In addition, users can ask Google Assistant to play guided meditation or relaxing music through the clock’s speaker. For wake-up, users can customize lights and have the alarm gradually increase volume starting a half hour from the wake-up time. From there, the Google Assistant can be programmed to tell you the weather, reminds, schedules, or your commute.

The Lenovo Smart Clock can also be paired with other connected devices to create convenient smart home automations. For example, a user can have their coffee marker turn on automatically upon wake-up. The smart clock supports over 10,000 products from 1,000 brands and partners. When it’s not being used, users can put the Lenovo Smart Clock on mute so it won’t listen for its pick-up word. Instead, the four-inch screen will simply display the time with customizable clock faces.

In addition to the Lenovo Smart Clock, Google Assistant has expanded into many speakers with smart displays, competing with the Amazon Echo Show. Lenovo’s Smart Display with Google Assistant is available for $200 to $250, depending on the size of the screen. Along with the Smart Lock, Lenovo has announced a new line called Smart Home Essentials, which will feature a camera, plug, and bulb. The Lenovo Smart Clock specifically will be available for $79.99 in spring 2019.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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