January 2010

People multitask, and now your computer does, too.

Despite amazing advances in processing power, the form factor of notebook PCs has changed little in recent years. Intel sought to inspire manufacturers to push past the familiar paradigm and imagine new ways to create better user experiences. Since the new processors excelled at multitasking, the team explored ways to give users better control over an array of windows and processes.

Multi-screen, multi-touch

Tangent Bay is the world’s first multi screen, multi-touch notebook: Without compromising activity on the main screen, it allows users to access „snackable information“, like social media, multimedia, communication, and settings.
This is accomplished using a unique interactive display area just above the keyboard.

Inspired by a geode

A production-ready reference design for Intel’s Mobile Products Group Tangent Bay was developed as an inspiration for manufacturers who design next-generation notebooks. Tangent Bay’s industrial design is inspired by a geode: a matt gray „suede“ surface finish on the exterior parts and high gloss black inner surfaces draw the attention to the internal areas of interaction. Tangent Bay appears to be “stone on the outside, jewel on the inside.”

A collaboration between three companies, I worked with Intel’s Nick Oakley, Artefact’s Rob Girling and Prarthana Panchal and with Johanna Schoemaker, Peter Bristol, and Fernd van Engelen of Carbon Design to define use scenarios, basic interaction paradigms, and detailed industrial design specifications.

Check out what the media says about the concept.

Photo credit: Doug Evans