What about this for a wall mounted smart screen?


(Clint Merrell) #1

Lenovo smart display

I just saw one of these are Costco, and I immediately thought it might work for a touch screen smart home controller/device. I know it’s not intended for this, and has a popout stand that also serves to improve sound, but it could still be done. Since I use google assistant and smartthings it seems like it could work. I hear that google is coming out with their own smart screen before Christmas as well, but I have no details. For now, this little guy is pretty cool from what I could tell while the unit is in demo mode.


#2

It’s an interesting device, but you can’t upload your own apps and it doesn’t have a web browser. So I don’t see how you could use it with SmartThings except via the same voice control you would get from a Google Home. The screen isn’t really adding any value as far as smartthings goes.


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #3

It’s my understanding that this runs what us now called “Android Things” (or something like that… Once called “Brillo”).

So far, Google and/or the particular manufacturers are limiting functionality - probably to ensure consistent customer experience and likely also to ensure ad revenue, etc…

So far, ActionTiles customers are finding the Amazon Fire HD tablets to provide a good compromise due to their low cost, and built in Alexa (and now “Alexa Show Mode” too - though that switches out of the browser completely).


(Mark) #4

This looks a lot like the Amazon Echo Show.


#5

It’s very similar, except for obviously working with Google assistant rather than Alexa. The only big feature that it’s missing is drop in video calling, which means the echo show makes a much better baby monitor, for example.