Styling. Japanese firm PBJ has commissioned designer Crispin Jones to add a little style to its Ultra-Mobile PC line. I think this is a great idea. His site lays out some of the thinking behind his concepts. Here’s a snippet:
This UMPC is designed to be a non-business machine – whereas once we lived in a world where computers were solely for business, today our personal lives are often experienced through the computer. However we are still stuck with the business machine paradigm. For example looking at family photographs on a conventional laptop is a slightly sterile experience – certainly compared with looking at a traditional bound album. This design brings the more emotive qualities of the traditional photo album to the world of technology.
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