BERLIN-Lenovo, a Chinese tech giant who is perhaps best known to Americans as the manufacturer of iconic ThinkPad portable devices, now branches into light bulbs, power outlets and security cameras.
Unveiled at IFA's consumer technology trade show here, the new smart home devices are aimed at people who have not yet dabbled in home business. The products are all designed for consumers who are fascinated by the ability to transform their stupid devices into smart, internet-connected.
This approach is almost not unique. Lenovo's three devices – the clear but descriptive name Smart Bulb ($ 30), Smart Plug ($ 30) and Smart Camera ($ 1
But Lenovo has a trick in the Smart Display Sleeve, announced earlier this summer as a home business hub with built-in support for Google Assistant. It's excellent in its core function: an Android-based mini computer that lets you check the weather, turn the lights on and on, and perform other simple tasks with your voice.
When your home has both a smart display and a smart camera, you can monitor video input from both Smart Display and the new Lenovo Link- smart phone app. The app also lets you do things that turn on all your outdoor lights at the same time to ward off potential intruders or set up a command to soften the color temperature in your living room when you're ready to go to bed.
For color temperature, this adjustment is possible thanks to the multicolored Smart Bulb. You can even ask to approach the color of the sunset by speaking your request to a Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa device as the Smart Display.
 At the same time, Smart Camera acts as both a camera and an intercom thanks to a built-in speaker and microphone. If you want to be very lazy, you can use it to monitor your baby and sing a lullaby if he or she wakes up. Lenovo suggests a more practical mode of operation: let everyone in the house know that the dinner is ready.
The camera can also rotate automatically, giving a 355 degree viewing area from side to side and 120 degrees up and down. It also has night vision, which allows it to look up to 65 meters in the dark.
Finally, Smart Plug lets you turn on and turn off any electrical device with either your personal assistant or the Lenovo Link app.
Although Smart Plug and Smart Bulb is significantly more expensive than any of its competitors (Ikea smart bulbs start with just $ 12), they can be an excellent addition to Smart Display. If you have already spent $ 200 on that device, another $ 30 to check your toaster's oven or living room lamp will act like a no brainer.
In addition to smart home devices, Lenovo also announced several new laptops on IFA, including Yoga Book C930, Yoga C930 and ThinkPad X1 Extreme.