Interviewed by Chinese site cool3c and translated by Engadget Chinese’s Andy Yang, Vaio P designer Takuma Tomoaki shares the inspirations that went into Sony’s incredible laptop.
Central among the concepts was designing it around the experience of typing. This shows, if nothing else, that Sony understands netbooks well, even if it ostensibly wasn’t trying to make one. Compare to Apple’s coy and deliberated mismeasure of the niche: “the iPhone is our netbook.”
Other highlights: Takuma Tomoaki drives a Mini Cooper; they had to make the display a little smaller to fit the radio antennas in, and different parts of the chassis are made of different materials to match the likely circumstances that each side typically gets dropped on. A collection of delightfully weird accessories were ultimately left out to keep the price tag under $1,000.
Seeing Takuma’s sketches makes me want it more than any slick marketing copy or clever art-promos. The single best ad for the Vaio P is the man who made it, saying it was designed to be the smallest possible laptop that still has a decent keyboard.