I wanted to experience this NBA game a little differently. I wanted it to be more than a passive viewing of what promised to be a good game. I wanted to find out more about what happens behind the scenes, look at the stats through the insights and eyes of the experts in real time and have my say along with others on social media who were watching at the same time.
So I decided to prop my Lenovo Yoga - a multimode computing device - on a little table next to the TV screen telecasting the game. I logged on to the "game page" to check out the team stats as they happened and watched the social media stream using the game hashtag where I could follow the comments and make my own observations as the game transpired. The experience became richer than just watching the game - I felt immersed in the action as it was happening live, moving backwards, sideways and forward with activities that contextualised the event for me.
It was a great device to try out multimode computing. So what is multimode computing? Recently, I spoke to David Roman, Lenovo's Global Chief Marketing Officer who stated that the reality is that people do many different things, at different times, with any device.
"Multimode really means adapting to what you're doing, anticipating what you're doing and helping you do it better.", says Roman. "We have access to so much powerful technology that the only way to really make it relevant to a user is to get the device to actually contextualise itself to what you're doing."
So where is multimode computing headed? Lenovo's Roman says that it's about enhancing the user interface by harnessing the power of the technology to let you do a lot more. "We're using voice, using gestures, using touch, using the keyboard and you'll see that becoming more integrated. If the device understands the context in which you are, it can anticipate how you plan to use it and pre-configure itself in that way." says Roman.