Lenovo announced at IFA 2016 Yoga Book 2-in-1 tablet .It was 2012 and the tablet market had lost its mojo. Class lacked revolutionary innovation and users gave some reasons for buying a new tablet. However, Jeff Meredith, vice president and general manager of Lenovo Computers Android and Chrome, knew that the tablet market had more to give and ready to rekindle the category.
The keyboard issue - was touchpad too bold?
During the summer of 2013, Vice President Zhang Hua product development engineer each tablet challenged his team to develop a pill that would give consumers a compelling reason to upgrade their old tablets. A touch panel design, presented by David Zheng, an engineer Lenovo in Beijing and team manager, spoke to a common shelf pain point and one of the main reasons why tablets are not for all the productivity . A tactile keyboard allows users to type faster, process productivity deficiency tablets, while light for portability and maintained slim device.
The idea of a tactile keyboard was not new, but the focus group research revealed that current models leave frustrated users. In fact, users tests showed two main complaints: high error rates, and the need to constantly switch between keyboard layouts (letters and numbers to symbols). Lenovo engineers saw these shortcomings as an opportunity and went to work innovative.
Although many prototypes adjustment in the coming months, the engineering team has determined that a key user habits learned was the key to overcoming the obstacle of the touchpad. Over a user types on the keyboard, plus inside need to improve and adapt to the user's personal style of software - and "hunt-and-peck" typists.
These types developments have borne fruit. A critical round of focus group tests showed that the prototype keyboard a Yoga book halo allows users to publish comparable speeds with a physical keyboard after a few hours. With the halo of keyboard, they wrote 66 percent faster than a normal keyboard tablet, while 39 per cent or more errors.
A keyboard would not be enough to wake the return on the tablet market growth. Lenovo then turned his attention to other ways to capture the attention of a wider audience.
Write, which is light, elbows
The promise of a tablet has always been the ability to write. Again, this technology has failed and disappointed, but Lenovo was ready to face this innovation to function as a laptop and emulate the behavior of natural input.
Upon reflection, the team focused on the idea of providing a portable mode using the pen technology that was interchangeable with the courier and mail delivery. The solution requires three technologies - real Pen Wacom feeling in the entrance of the stylus and electromagnetic resonance (EMR). Together, the technologies allow users to draw, sketch or take notes on the halo key panel in the drawing mode, and switch to traditional paper writing and taking notes and sketches of completely interchangeable manner.
Not only the team dedicated to developing Real pen technology, but also keeps the vision for greater portability. The original design called 10.88mm thick, the thinnest on the market. However, to balance functionality with productivity, the team had to determine the thickness of 9.6mm. This meant the original Yoga laptop hinge was too large for the device is securely closed. A smaller hinge became necessary.
The original Yoga hinge comprises four axial rods in which the mobile is rotatable and instructs the need for an even number of axial rods. The team redesigned the hinge to accommodate an odd number of bars, reducing to three axial rods.
"Where the adjustment of four bars of a three-rod design, had to move both timing gears connecting rods and held in place," said Lenovo engineer Wang Lijun. "We've also added a few pieces to add little torque between these two speeds. "
It took some time to make this new 180 degree hinge robust and reliable enough for continuous use. For example, many tests failed to fall. The panels often aligned. And because the hinge contained only three axial rods, the launch would be much less resilient and tolerant than a normal joint, when it is rotated. He broke repeatedly. But these failures are encouraged the team to push harder for joint work as intended. Finally, add a magnet to the bottom panel, allowing the Yoga book remains closed.
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After Jeff Meredith ambition to revitalize the tablet market thanks to the tireless team of engineering efforts Lenovo, Lenovo introduced Yoga book in August 2016 at the IFA in Berlin. As compressed 2-in-1 thinnest and lightest in the world, designed for ultimate productivity on the way, many of our customers are happy to discover how Yoga book is "rewriting the shelf" and the changing expectations users to their devices productivity.
Lenovo team has invested countless hours of research, development and engineering talent in our efforts to make the Yoga book a top-flight choices in the tablet market, and we look forward to seeing the ideas and concepts our customers can bring innovative life with the help of this revolutionary device.