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Judson's Treehouse Horizon Table

Judson's Treehouse Horizon Table

As a designer, Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Designs always looks to bend the lines, producing out-of-the-box pieces that are unexpected and add whimsy to any environment. So when Lenovo approached the creator about putting his touch on creating new opportunities for the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, his mind took him to the tree tops. Here’s a glimpse at what sparked his imagination.  Q. How did you get the idea for the 21st Century Treehouse? A. When I first thought about creating a table for the Horizon, I designed many different styles based on various age groups. Some of those original designs included adult versions, however, I am more known for children’s furniture so I was inspired to do a design for kids. With technology progressing, I was thinking about designing daycare centers, libraries and furniture that would allow children to interact, play and learn in these settings. The question I kept asking myself is “how can I create something that will intrigue them?” It’s great because the design of the 21st Century Treehouse also works as storage with the door leading to an empty space to keep toys, books and anything else. Function is just as important as design aesthetics and the storage space can also serve as an imaginary play area. Q. Do you see the integration of technology and furniture becoming a trend, especially as there are more devices for specific...

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The Nest Horizon Table

The Nest Horizon Table

Another team of designers, Brooke Lichtenstein and Yiannos Vrousgos of Input Creative, took a totally different approach to creating their technology-infused table for the living room. Their expression, The Nest, reminds you of the Russian nesting dolls and Chinese puzzle boxes that efficiently use space in an elegant envelope. We’re fascinated by the three different interpretations on the assignment…create a table that showcases Horizon’s interpersonal features.    Q. How did you approach this assignment and decide upon this concept? A. When we were first tasked with designing a table that would integrate the Horizon, we looked closely at both the computer’s features and Lenovo’s brand identity. We kept coming back to the idea that the Horizon is an all-in-one PC; meaning that it can be used for gaming, watching movies, Skype, as a tablet and can replace all other PCs in the household. With this is mind, we decided to design an all-in-one table that could stand on its own with integrated seating.  Since Lenovo is a Chinese company, our next step was to research the history of gaming in China. During our research, we came across Chinese wooden block puzzles which look like a solid wooden block, yet when deconstructed, are actually made up of a lot of smaller, lightweight pieces. We implemented this concept into our design and arrived at a compact all-in-one gaming table. Q. Design is often about the little...

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Lenovo has made family fun night cool again. Just as the Griswolds moved toward the horizon for the delights of Wally World, families today can bring the Horizon right into their living room and have the time of their lives. Lenovo’s new IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC is a 27-inch touch-enabled device that provides an immersive family entertainment and learning platform while doubling as a fantastic all-in-one computer that lies completely flat. Best of all, the Horizon comfortably “seats” five so Clark, Ellen, Audrey, Rusty and even Aunt Edna can bask in the glow of an interactive, 10-finger touch-enabled gaming adventure.      Toss the digital dice on its full 1920x1080 HD display surface to “Pass Go” in Monopoly, whip the puck into the goal with the striker in air hockey, or maneuver the joy stick in Raiding Company to zero in on a Zombie. It’s easy to suspend disbelief because of the way Horizon blends the physical and digital—it makes playing digital board games incredibly realistic. Horizon includes Lenovo App Shop, a dedicated apps store powered by Intel AppUp that gives users access to 5,000+ multi-user entertainment apps. Horizon also comes with an exclusive package of pre-loaded gaming and educational apps from industry leading vendors including Electronic Arts, FableVision, Open Labs, Ubisoft and FilmOn TV. Users can also use...

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“Why don’t you guys make something for the serious gamers?” We’ve heard that one a lot over the years. Well, guess what?  We’re tossing our hat into the gamer lounge. This year at CES, we’re bringing hardcore gamers exactly what they’ve been craving—we’re getting in the game with the Erazer X700, a high-performance desktop with high storage capacity that extreme gamers will love.      This isn’t some machine for n00bs—Erazer is a serious gamer’s dream. It’s the first Lenovo PC to give you powerful OneKey™ overclocking performance at the click of a button, while the system simultaneously protects the processor from overheating during intense game play. The Lenovo Cooling System uses a liquid coolant to keep internal temperatures at optimal levels.  Gamers can now get extreme performance out of their PC without worrying about overheating or shutdowns.  Erazer touts AMD Eyefinity technology, which allows you to simultaneously connect up to six monitors for a truly panoramic display.  It also comes equipped with the latest Intel® Core i7 Extreme processor and can be fitted with an option 7.1 channel surround sound support with Dolby Advanced Audio.  As Lenovo grows, we continue to make smart acquisitions in the market and this product is the perfect example of how those...

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What's not to like about IdeaCentre A720, our gorgeous new 27" all-in-one PC? From its slim profile and fascinating adjustable angles to its 10-finger touch capability, it is a PC bound to captivate as well as to shake up people's ideas of what makes a desktop a desktop. From the moment we first saw the A720 at CES back in January--we played "Bugs" and made fun of our colleague Kevin Beck's piano-playing--we knew there was something special about it, something different (dare we say tablet-like?) about the way we related to it.   The machine is slim, it's huge and it's beautiful. The specs are fantastic--up to Intel Core i7 processor and 1TB hard drive, tool-less design, Dolby Home Theatre v4, 1080p LED display, optional Blu-Ray and integrated TV tuner, etc. But two things seem to resonate with people the most. The first is the 10-finger multitouch capability, which helps you go well beyond the pedestrian pinch-and-zoom you're accustomed to on other devices.     The second thing that stands out is the remarkable way the A720 can lean and fold itself to virtually any angle you require. Straight up like a traditional PC monitor, all the way down like a gaming table or somewhere in-between. With all this accordion-like flexing, it's no wonder we chose to associate the A720 with some dubstep-inspired dance moves.     Those of us who work on laptops all day know what they bring to the table,...

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