Lenovo New Vision and Wikitude to Pioneer AI, AR and Big Data

Innovating Differently in Industrial Applications
Santa Clara, U.S. – June 1, 2017 – Today at Augmented World Expo, Wikitude and Lenovo New Vision, a subsidiary of Lenovo focused on AR, announced a collaboration to develop an Augmented Human (AH) Cloud. This venture will improve industrial professionals’ knowledge and capabilities by using Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and big data to change how they work.

The companies will create a fully-integrated AR and AH Cloud application platform using Wikitude’s intelligent recognition engine and Markerless SLAM technology with LNV’s remote video application (Kepler), workflow and 3D AR content edit tool (Titan), and deep learning recognition system (Martin). Combining this with Lenovo New Vision’s smart glasses will create a Industry 4.0 device + cloud platform powered by AR. IDC forecasts[1] AH Cloud technology along with ubiquitous sensing, wearable computing, IoT, and artificial intelligence will be mainstream in the mid-2020s.

Wikitude’s CEO Martin Herdina said: “We’re extremely excited about this partnership with Lenovo New Vision as it creates a fantastic proposition never before in this market. Combining world-leading AR and AI technologies and leveraging the core competencies and market expertise of two proven innovators enables us to make a real difference in realizing our vision of Industry 4.0.”
    
Bai Yuli, Lenovo VP and General Manager of Lenovo New Vision said: “Our collaboration with Wikitude, a global pioneer and leader in the AR industry, allows us to bring total solutions like the Lenovo AH Cloud to market, disrupting traditional industries and bringing customers different, better solutions that add value to their business.

The AH Cloud platform will feature intelligent visual recognition, cloud storage, content editing and video communication, all of which will be compatible with Lenovo’s New Glass, the C200, and alternative smart mobile devices. Designed for a range of field applications, the solution has applicability in remote industrial maintenance, intelligent command and dispatch, telemedicine, 3D diagnosis, smart tourism and many others.

The platform will enable users to dynamically edit their work processes, electronic manuals, 2D/3D product models, and videos using AR. AH Cloud technologies will be embedded into production workflows, ready for use through AR visual recognition or background push notifications triggered through AI. This capability makes real-time remote expert-guidance possible for first-line operations thanks to LNV’s remote video system, Kepler. Its multi-terminal, cross-platform, customized and open functions makes it easy to operate and manage. While there are many deployment fields, this venture will initially target industrial processes, public security, Medicare and tourism promoting increased portability and cost-savings.
 
About Lenovo New Vision
Lenovo New Vision, a subsidiary of Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group, is exclusively dedicated to the AR industry. Its predecessor, NBD, launched its first-generation of AR smart glasses, the C100 in 2014, and is among the first to feature an integrated AR software/hardware solution in China. Its business covers industry, public security, Medicare, tourism as well as other sectors.

About Lenovo 
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$43 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at http://www.lenovo.com/sg/en.
 
About Wikitude
Wikitude is the world’s leading independent mobile AR technology provider. Its fully in-house developed AR technology is available through its SDK, Cloud Recognition and Studio products enabling brands, agencies and developers to achieve their AR goals. With more than 1 billion apps installs, Wikitude powers thousands of enterprise and consumer-focused AR apps across the globe. Wikitude’s latest product and feature addition is its 3D recognition and tracking (SLAM), allowing apps to "see" and understand rooms, spaces, and objects. For more information please visit: www.wikitude.com
 
About AWE
AugmentedReality.com has hosted AWE USA since 2010 to promote the development of AR technology. The annual Expo event attracts thousands of international AR company members, futurologists, CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies and world-famous AR enterprises.
 
 
[1] IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2017 Predictions

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