Lenovo's design leader in Beijing, Yao Yingjia
Tomoyuki Takahashi, one of the lead designers on the original Thinkpad team.
David Hill, Lenovo's Research Triangle Park design leader
February 7, 2006 A few weeks ago as CES 2006 was drawing to a close, Gizmag's Dave Weinstein and Rob Walker were invited to a closed door meeting with some of Lenovo's top designers. From time to time we get a chance to peek into the future and get a glimpse at the gear we may possibly be using a year (or five) from now, and the preview we received from Lenovo was one of the most promising demonstrations we've seen in a very long time. A large part of Apple's recent string of successes can be attributed to their outstanding industrial design. It's becoming much harder to differentiate product on a strict technology basis (note the CES trend of over-integration). We think we're witnessing a resurgence in the importance of good design. As a result of Lenovo's purchase of IBM's PC division (and that group's continued focus on ID), we think we'll soon see Lenovo established as a premier consumer brand. Unfortunately, since some of the device prototypes demonstrated were top secret, we were told that we could write about them, but couldn't take pictures. Accordingly, though we can show you some pictures, we'll do our best to describe what we've seen and you'll have to fill in the blanks with your imagination.
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