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ThinkPad 701c Butterfly

ThinkPad 701c Butterfly
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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Lenovo's Iconic Thinkpad laptop range is 20 years old today. Since first launching in 1992, the ThinkPad has achieved a number of firsts, including being the first laptop to come with an integrated CD-ROM, the first to include a built-in fingerprint reader and being the only laptop certified for use on the International Space Station.
Originally manufactured by IBM until the company was acquired by Lenovo in 2005, the ThinkPad has been a staple of office workers and business folk around the globe since first appearing at the now defunct Comdex trade show in 1992. The design has stayed mostly unchanged, getting thinner and lighter but retaining the iconic touchstick built into the keyboard tray.
Never afraid to experiment, IBM used the ThinkPad to trial new designs and technologies, but experienced failure as well as success. The ThinkPad 701c had a full-sized pop-up keyboard known as the butterfly, which was wider than the notebook it was built into when closed shut. The design might not have caught on, but the laptop now has a permenant place in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, New York.
2 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
The TrackWrite, also known as the butterfly keyboard, is a foldout laptop computer keyboard designed by John Karidis for IBM as part of the ThinkPad 701 series, released in 1995. It allowed the 701 series to be both compact (when closed) and comfortable to use (when open), despite being just 24.6 cm (9.7 in) wide with a 26.4 cm (10.4 in) VGA LCD. The 701 was the top selling laptop of 1995; however, as later laptop models featured progressively larger screens, the need for a folding keyboard was eliminated. Consequently, no model but the 701 used the butterfly keyboard.
The butterfly keyboard is split into two roughly triangular pieces that slide as the laptop's lid is opened or closed. As the lid is opened both pieces slide out to the sides, followed by one piece sliding downward. The two halves mesh to form a keyboard 29.2 cm (11.5 in) wide which overhangs the sides of the laptop body. Conversely, as the lid is closed one piece slides back, then both slide inward until the keyboard can be covered by the lid. The movement of the keyboard is driven by a cam on the lid's hinge, so the motions of the keyboard parts are always synchronized with the movement of the lid.
The unusual design is being displayed in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, New York and Die Neue Sammlung.
2 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
An IBM Thinkpad 701 is briefly seen being used by James Bond in the film GoldenEye.
It is seen around 41:09 into the film when Bond is being briefed by Q in his laboratory.
One can also be spotted in the movie Blood Diamond, used by journalist Maddy Bowen (played by Jennifer Connelly).
2 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Ein unverwechselbares Design!
2 years ago.