Devices, made self-aware | The #ThinkFirst series

The tech press hardly ever writes about laptop engineering, because supposedly, it’s too hard to explain what’s going on under the hood of your computer in fewer than 500 words. This mini-series of blogs aims to blow that myth wide open - our plan is to reveal the technological delights lurking inside your ThinkPad.

Innovation is in Lenovo’s DNA, it runs through every aspect of our products, and yet until now, we’ve rarely talked about it in much detail. But that’s about to change. Get ready to embrace a #ThinkFirst mindset as we give you the nitty-gritty on Intelligent Power Saving.

Intelligent sensing technology is unique to the ThinkPad Yoga family including the new X1 Yoga, and can help to extend battery life by up to 70 percent. By engineering the system and thermals to recognise the way you are using your computer, power management can adjust itself automatically to guarantee you get the best out of it.

Sounds simple enough, right? Well, in engineering terms, this is actually pretty tricky. Here’s how it works: we created a complex algorithm to study users’ activity, which, when paired with a G-sensor to detect movement, can assess the way the device is being used. Then depending on what the system senses, it can make decisions about how best to save power. So, for example, if you’re carrying your ThinkPad from one meeting to another, it will detect this and turn off the display.

Not only does this extend battery life, but it makes using the computer a lot more intuitive. During the time you’ve moved from one meeting room to the next, the device will have used virtually no power. When you’re ready to pick up where you left off, the device will be, too. That means no need to reawaken the system from standby, no need to log back in, and no need to reconnect. It also means the record holder for the London Marathon could complete the course nine times without the battery running out, though we might give that one a miss.

The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Range is an iconic design, built on 23 years of gamechanging innovation. Watch Lenovo’s Chief Design Officer, David Hill, on ThinkPad and the Future. #ThinkFirst