Lenovo to rival Google Glass? The new product is promising

Google Glass’ main issue is the short battery life. The Chinese computer giant is hoping to eliminate that issue by adding a separate battery device around the wearer’s neck. The device is still unnamed but the enthusiasm around it is already picking up speed. The company has created NBD - a system for connected devices - to encourage other companies to make devices on its platform. In 2013, Lenovo overtook HP as the world's biggest seller of PCs.

«Internet of Things» is Lenovo’s goal but the company acknowledged it needs help, from other companies, to achieve it. «Right now there are too many kinds of devices you can develop for the Internet of Things. It's too rich. Not one company can do it all,» said Chen Xudong, Lenovo's senior vice president.

Big challenge!
The «Internet of things» is the idea that objects all around us are connected. From smartphones and fridges to toasters and thermostats, all exchanging information between one another and the internet, in real time. It paves the way for connected homes, where appliances can be controlled by apps, and devices can react smartly to their surroundings, such as the heating coming on when it knows you're almost home. However, the big challenge facing the growth of the Internet of things is a lack of compatibility. Companies are making devices that connect to the Internet, but due to a range of different systems and standards, the devices are unable to talk to each other.The NBD system is Lenovo's attempt to solve that issue. As well as its own smart glasses, it is also working on another device with Vuzix.

Another product being worked on is an air purifier that can be controlled via a mobile app. Any attempt to create a new system would come up against efforts from Google, who recently purchased Nest, a smart thermostat device. Apple has also invested in the internet of things - it announced HomeKit, a system for developers to write programmes that can control devices around the house.