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Product Design
Published: 6 Sep 2016

IFA 2016: Physical Meets Digital with Lenovo

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Chinese tech company Lenovo has unveiled the Yoga Book at IFA Berlin – Europe's largest consumer electronics trade show. Three years in the making and instantly catching our eye, the lightweight (690g) 10.1” Android tablet consists of two touchscreens (one of which is used for drawing and as a keyboard) attached with a 360° opening hinge. The cover is crafted from high-quality aluminium and magnesium alloy, and is available in gunmetal grey and champagne gold.

The hybrid tablet includes a stylus pen with interchangeable nibs – a tip for the screen and an ink tip for paper. It can either be used to write directly onto the screen, or onto a magnetically attached paper pad with the ink tip, which automatically converts the sketches into digital notes. Aimed at millennials, the Yoga Book offers a tool that combines a smart device, a graphics tablet, and old-fashioned pen and paper.

The sleek design makes it perfect for on-the-go and flexible use, fitting in with the growing wave of nomadic working habits (see Digital Nomads for more on this). The full-circle hinge enables versatile modes of use, from entertainment and creating to browsing and typing. See Charge for more on how developers are enabling consumer interactions with technology to become more frictionless and fun.

IFA 2016 runs until September 7 – watch out for our full report on the event, coming soon. In the meantime, take a look back to our coverage of IFA 2015.

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