October 3, 2006
- Candace Lombardi
Computers for the Living Room
As movie and
TV downloads become more popular and the
hard drive replaces the DVD drawer, people
may want a nicer look, and a lot more
new company featured at the Canadian design
conference IIDEX/NeoCon, launched a line of
wood-encased computers on Monday, Slashdot
integration of computers into our living
environment, people are craving something
more human. They relate to natural materials
more readily than to the cold sterility of
plastic or metal," said Howard Suissa, the
company's founder, in a statement.
is probably right about people preferring
wood to plastic, most people don't have the
funds to buy his burled beauties.
can choose from a variety of exotic wood
combinations including maple/zebrawood,
walnut/zebrawood, maple/goncalo alves,
lacewood/leopardwood and maple/padauk.
Prices start, however, at $6,150 (£3,285)
and go up to $35,000 (£18,700) for a
customised server capable of storing 1,500
(pronounced yas-ko), for example, is priced
at $6,890 (£3,680). The computer is a DVD
player/burner and comes with three Seagate
Barracuda 500GB hard drives. The computer...
er server, can be customised to fit up to
five hard drives. It also has a liquid
cooling tank and special airflow chamber to
computers seem geared toward the flattie
set, who don't mind shelling out big bucks
for their swinging bachelor pad media room.
The rest of
us will just have to get by with a networked
terabyte server in the basement.