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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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Francois' AT-UM Horizon Table

Francois' AT-UM Horizon Table

Nearly ten years ago, UM Project owner François Chambord found his life’s calling: to design and create modern and innovative furniture. He applied his fervor for user-centric design to AT-UM, his fusion of Horizon with the traditional desk for a new kind of collaboration station – part easel, part studio desk and part table. In this post, François gives us some insight into his creation from when the sample we shipped him arrived at his workshop to its debut at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.    Q. AT-UM. That’s an interesting name. Tell us about it. A. I have always liked short names, hence the name of my company UM Project and many of my products like the NGL table or the SMPL table. They are strong and memorable; punchy sound bites. I also like when names have a certain amount of geekiness and a technological feel, as well as mystery and poetry. AT-UM could be the name of a computer or strange machine, but also the name of a friendly robot. AT-UM also works as an acronym that means the “Activity Table by UM Project,” which is the perfect description of this piece. The name is also a subtle reference to Star Wars AT-AT, one of the many incredible machines of the saga. Q. Your design allows people to use Horizon in both modes – tabletop and all-in-one. Talk about the design process for accommodating this. A. I was immediately seduced by the versatility of the Horizon, working...

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There’s nothing more frustrating to a propeller head—computer geek to the lay person—than using a slow computer.  For those of us who use computers for everything, life comes to a screeching halt while we watch the spinning blue ring.  Even though I work for “the fastest growing computer manufacturer in the world” (I couldn’t resist adding in that plug), you would assume that these problems do not apply to me.  I wish that were the case. There are about 26 million web pages that tell you how to make your computer faster or perform better.  Everybody has an opinion on what makes your system run faster.  The top things to do are: Increase your system’s memory Remove those pesky spyware, malware, Trojan horses, viruses, etc. Delete temporary internet files and temporary windows files, empty the trash, free up some disk space Fix your windows registry files Defrag your hard drive Of course this is not a complete list, but it’s a start.  For those of you who are computer savvy, performing these tasks are not difficult, just time consuming and they get in the way of your normal computing life style.  For those of you who have little to no idea how to do these tasks, rest assured we can help. Lenovo’s Premium Support Services has several ways to help you increase your computer’s performance, starting with our PC Checkup tool...

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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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