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ThinkPad Tablet 2

ThinkPad Tablet 2

Following on from our second article, "Developers on the ThinkPad Tablet 2 - Mechanical Engineering/Industrial Design", we once again speak directly with the developers. In this third session, we discuss focusing on hardware development for touch panels and digitizer pens that are directly related to the user experience. Here are the interviews with two veteran engineers, one who has experience formulating engineering standards for mobile phones from the users' standpoint, and the other who started his career designing LCD circuits and is currently responsible for tablet LCDs.    - The Tablet 2 got high marks for its beautiful screen and great touch performance. Kawakita: It's really great news for us. We have been researching touch-technology for a long time now and we're utilizing the fruit of our labor. Actually, a clear technique that enables the measurement of the comprehensive performance of things like smoothness of touch and response speed did not exist. So we had to begin with the development of that technique itself. But when we completed the technique to some extent, we had become confident that it would work out fine. However, you can't see things one-sidedly. You have to prove the result by measuring performances with the technique. So we asked for the cooperation of a major information technology...

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$1 Sale Poster

$1 Sale Poster

All products will be on sale for $1 only when we reach #1 in worldwide market share! We are now very close to the top position, and we anticipate that the campaign sale will begin shortly. It seems that we already have 100% of the outer space market, but we would like to celebrate this historic day with customers on Earth, and together look towards the future with A New Hope.       * Delivery available to ISS (International Space Station) only. Thank you for your understanding.

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ThinkPad Tablet 2

ThinkPad Tablet 2

Following on from our first article, "Developers on the Tablet 2 - Project ", we present more interviews with the developers. In this second article we discuss mechanical engineering and industrial design. The crucial packaging aspect of the project was handled by an engineer with experience in mechanical design for portable game consoles, and a veteran lead designer around since the birth of the ThinkPad who worked on the 560, X30, and X1, as well as the original Tablet.   - The Tablet 2 is so thin, light, and stylish. First, can you tell us about the enhancements made to the packaging that came up in the last interview? Hasegawa: Sure. Compared to the original, the Tablet 2 went from... 14.5mm to 9.8mm in thickness, which is almost 5mm or over 30% thinner. It also went from about 759g (with pen) to about 590g (with pen), for weight savings of almost 150g, or 23%. As you can imagine, this kind of evolution is almost unheard of in this industry. Now our only problem is figuring out where to go from here (LOL). The concept for the original Tablet was to create a tablet that maintained ThinkPad quality and also included a digitizer pen, which is extremely difficult from a mechanical engineering standpoint. This concept remained unchanged for the Tablet 2, but by placing emphasis on making a thinner, lighter product, we had to take on a lot of new challenges....

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ThinkPad Tablet 2

ThinkPad Tablet 2

The announcement of the ThinkPad Tablet 2 has elicited a strong response. The Tablet 2 is the first ThinkPad Windows 8 tablet device. Here we will present interviews with the developers over a number of articles. First up, the Product Development Manager and Technical Project Manager leading the Yamato development team discuss the project.   - In the ThinkPad Tablet interview, you said there was a need for a thinner, lighter Windows version. Kinoshita: I am glad we got there in the end. The Tablet 2 is an evolution of the original Tablet, resulting in a much smaller, thinner and lighter product, and I am confident that it improves the user experience. The original Tablet was an Android platform, making it different from the user experience of a notebook PC, and it was a whole new world for me as well. I still think we were able to convey that "this is a ThinkPad Tablet". However, we knew from the time we were developing the original product that there were many areas we could improve on, and for its successor the entire Yamato team wanted to create something closer to our ideal product. I think the Tablet 2 is a product made possible because we went through a wide range of experiences, including the experience we had with the first Tablet.   - Speaking of going through a range of...

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ThinkPad X1 Carbon

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Following on from Developers on the X1 Carbon - Project, we once again hear directly from the developers. In this third piece we hear from two of the engineers in charge of mechanical engineering. The first is a veteran engineer who designed the X300 and the original X1, and the second is an engineer with experience in mechanical engineering for mobile phones. Together they led the pivotal packaging (chassis design) part of the project.   - In the previous interview we were told that you had some difficulty with the packaging for the X1 Carbon. Morino: In the planning phase a basic design model based on mechanical engineering was completed. It was close to the current package with a slim front edge, but once we entered the development phase we hit a few hurdles. The first design model completed in the development phase had a thickness of a flat and over 20mm body, which was not even remotely close to the initial plan... I believe we were thinking a little too pragmatically based on our experience with the X1 and T420s, and we weren't pursuing aggressive enough goals. Otsuka: Pushing ahead while also thinking about manufacturing, I think the engineering was extremely difficult. It presented a number of challenges we had not faced before.   - So there were a few birth pangs. How did you resolve these problems? Morino: First, we clarified our goals. These...

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