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News Dell Froot screenless concept PC

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 18 Jan 2010.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    Err...

    No.

    You ever used that keyboard projection thing that thinkgeek sell?

    Hurts like hell for extended use - I expect that would be much the same.

    Stay as a concept.
     
  3. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    Where's the mouse?
     
  4. Phil Rhodes

    Phil Rhodes Hypernobber

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    Oh yes fantastic. Projection! High cost, high power consumption, high maintenance, delicate, dim and tricky to set up - let's send them to the developing world!

    To be fair, though, I suspect this is probably one of those little LED-based micro-projectors or something, which does alleviate a lot of the concerns with doing it. And means it'd be even dimmer.
     
  5. Bursar

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    In theory it wouldn't need one. They could just reserve an area of the keyboard projection for you to doodle your finger around in to move the mouse cursor.
     
  6. Fruitloaf

    Fruitloaf Tinkerer

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    Rubbish for the developing world but great for mobile presentations? Small atom PC built on semi decent pico projector with touchpad surface on top and laser keyboard. No wires at all for those mobile presentations except for power. Maybe not this prototype but its not far off.
     
  7. mi1ez

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    Can it play video at a decent resolution?
     
  8. PureSilver

    PureSilver E-tailer Tailor

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    Why on Earth would you want to send a biodegradable computer to the developing world, where rough conditions and the aforementioned lack of support will ensure it rapidly... biodegrades?
     
  9. bodkin

    bodkin Overheating

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    Why XP?
     
  10. wgy

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    this is silly...

    this is less practical that a full desktop pc and requires more variables and conditions to be considered.

    want to reinvent the way we interface with tech? dont dress up a typewriter and mouse limited to 2 axis with lasers and light shows and call it the future.
     
  11. Byron C

    Byron C *psst!* This guy is a loser!

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    I agree with most here - this is quite possibly the daftest idea I've seen in a long time... If you want to help developing nations with computers, then get behind the OLPC or one of the other schemes already underway.

    Mobile presentations could be one use, but this is sort of over-engineering the solution to a problem that doesn't really exist - they'd be hard pressed to market it to anyone other than those interested in a sleek looking gadget with money to burn. VGA projectors aren't that expensive or bulky these days, and neither are low-power netbooks - I've used my Mini 9 for the odd presentation in work, it's incredibly handy.
     
  12. Drexial

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    Apparently the future of PC's is XP....
     
  13. l3v1ck

    l3v1ck Fueling the world, one oil well at a time.

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    So you have to be sat in front of a blank wall to use it. Useless.
     
  14. Bauul

    Bauul Sir Bongaminge

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    Or pay a starving orphan to stand there holding up a big blank sheet.

    This PC increases employment, it must be good!
     
  15. pizan

    pizan that's n00b-tastic

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    can it play Crysis?
     
  16. Cyberpower-UK

    Cyberpower-UK Professional Overclocker

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    A nice add on function for a high end phone or camera but I can't see this taking off.
     
  17. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    ...well I'm really interested how they are going to replace silicon with something biodegradable...
    ...carbon interconnects? (could work as long as you fill up on liquid nitrogen) :D
    ...non-precious (poison) metal barriers/gates?
    ooh..how to manufacture a biodegradable LED-pico-projector?

    Don't Dell have..well...anything BETTER to do?
     
  18. Bursar

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    Chances are Dell haven't done very much on this at all. They probably just hired a 'creative agency', gave them some buzzwords and basic ideas and the result is the above render.
     
  19. Farfalho

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    You beat me to it xD
     
  20. Azayles

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    XP has been found to be well suited for low power SFF applications like netbooks and "all in one" devices such as this horrendous purple monstrosity. That's why Microsoft have extended the support lifetime for the product.

    Also it's better than Vista
    http://xkcd.com/528/
     
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