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What would it be like to run a boat aground on Ellis Island, hitting the Statue of Liberty at 40 knots? A new ship simulator powered by Lenovo technology is helping students at the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) experience just that, as well as other navigational challenges, without ever setting foot on a ship’s deck. As part of the curriculum for more than 800 students, the MMA incorporates lab time in the simulator into a variety of courses. We caught up with Simulator Tech Jim Sanders and User Support Manager Will Martell to learn more about how MMA students are using this amazing tool, which is propelled by a backbone of Lenovo ThinkStation E20 workstations and ThinkServer TS130 servers. Lenovo: How long has the ship simulator been around? Jim & Will: The simulator dates way back to a time when it was simply used as a basic navigation tool. Since the early 1990s it has undergone several technical updates, and the MMA simulator we use now is the 4thgeneration of its kind.  What technology powers the ship simulator? Each instructor station has about eight to 10 ThinkStation E20 Workstations powering it, as well as one TS130 server. One of the larger stations has about 12 visual channels in the form of 55-inch flat screen LED panels.  Each of the 14 student stations has two ThinkStation E20 WorkStations and three monitors--one monitor depicts a navigation panel, one shows the visual plot of the boat, and the third shows the...

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Lenovo ThinkStations Transform Special Effects in Transformers 3

Lenovo ThinkStations Transform Special Effects in Transformers 3

Kerry Troester is a marketing manager for Lenovo’s ThinkStation workstations.  With a passion for both art and technology, Kerry enjoys seeing the two blend together in animated film. Both my parents are artists, so I grew up surrounding by creativity and color.  That’s why I enjoy seeing how Lenovo ThinkStation customers push the limits of our computers - creating cutting-edge animation and games.  I have been lucky enough to work with Allen Bolden, founder of Bit Theory, to learn how they used Lenovo ThinkStations to create many of the great effects shown in this summer’s blockbuster, Transformers 3. Bit Theory is a Lenovo ThinkStation customer that uses our C20 and D20 workstations. As background, Bit Theory is a leading visual effects company based in southern California. Bit Theory creates high-end computer generated (CG) images and animations using a proprietary CG animation software engine known as “Athena” to develop animation used in video and film productions.   Allen developed Athena to automate key parts of the animation and rendering process that are labor, hardware, software, and capital intensive. Bit Theory was one of the companies that worked on the production of Transformers 3 primarily around the conversion of the 2D movie to a 3D format.  It seems like nearly every movie has a 3D version these...

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Think - Innovate - Evolve.    What better evocative words than these to epitomize the history of the ThinkPad and other Lenovo Think-branded products?   If you have experienced many of the memorable ThinkPads like the 701c "butterfly" with it's unique expanding keyboard, the X41t, our first convertible tablet, or the massive W701ds dual screen laptop, you know about Think innovation.    But, the world is a big place, and while many people know our story, there are still many who don't know about the heritage and evolution of Think.   This week, we launchedThinkingNeverStops to share the history of Think innovation and evolution, and to engage customers via polls and open-ended discussion to hear their ideas and opinions on the kind of innovation they want to see in future generations.   What do you think will be the next big area for innovation?    Please take a few mins to stop in and share your thoughts ...  I hope to see you there!

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In this quick video, Ming Xie, worldwide product manager for the ThinkStation C20/C20x workstations reveals some of the engineering work we did to shrink the size of the workstation while retaining the high performance of larger workstations. The workstations were just recently announced.   

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Ever since the introduction of our new ThinkStation line of workstations I've seen lots of commentary about handles on computer towers. Just to set the record straight we have had handles on towers from day one. The first tower ever designed by IBM (PS/2 Model 80) had a folding handle to make moving it around easier. The PS/1 tower designed by Richard Sapper in the early 90's had a clever handle that was integral to the front bezel. The new handle on the ThinkStation products is very similar in appearance and utility to the PS/1 version. For rack mounting the ThinkStation handles are easily removed. PS/1 Sapper design model circa 1992 The comments about us copying the handle created by the "fruit" company are just plain wrong. But enough about that. What I'm interested in is the true value that a handle provides. I think it is very useful, I would love to get your thoughts on this topic. David Hill

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