Harry Wang

As the legend of our IdeaPad Yoga grows, we go straight to the source to learn about the boundary-busting PC’s most striking aspect—its design—with one of the people who created it. Andreas Schupp is Strategy Director of the Lenovo Industrial Design Center. Our conversation with him follows. What was the inspiration for the design? The IdeaPad Yoga concept dates back to 2004 when the design team in Beijing started looking at new form factor opportunities. The inspiration of the Yoga came from observing how the human body bends when practicing yoga. The first prototypes of the Yoga design can be traced back to 2004; our Yoga concept PC won the Red Dot “Best of the Best” Design Award in 2005. The concept created new standards for laptop usability and innovation at that time, and we’re excited to realize this revolutionary concept today. Tell us about how the screen moves and how that supports the four modes of use. Yoga’s most outstanding feature is the touch screen, which can rotate a full 360 degrees. This enables new ways to use the product. You can do more than just use it as an Ultrabook laptop or tablet though; you can change to “Stand” mode for looking at pictures or watching movies and “Tent” mode for playing games, video chatting or whatever else you like. So the original form factor dates to 2004, but was that done with touch in mind? It was just a concept but, yes, it...

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