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Concept Shows Display-less, Keyboardless Dell

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The Froot uses projectors and sensors to eliminate the need for a display or a keyboard.

Mock ups of great products that might never come to pass are my favorite part of this job. Sure, it's a little disappointing to know that I may never have a toaster like the one pictured but these concepts never fail to get me thinking about what the future might hold.

Paulina Carlos' Froot concept (via Engadget) is no different. Supposedly designed for a Dell sustainable design contest, the case is made out of a biodegradable starch-based polymer and the computer utilizes projection and sensors for both monitor and keyboard.

Pictured here in three garish colors because environmentally friendly doesn't have to mean boring, folks.

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    phexac , January 18, 2010 5:27 PM
    Oh this is what I have been dreaming of all my life--a computer that looks like a towel!!!
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    Zenthar , January 18, 2010 5:49 PM
    I think most people that tried "laser keyboards" didn't like it. First typing on a desk is harder on the fingers, secondly, it lacks the "feedback" you get when you press a key so you know you pressed it correctly.

    They can always try to compensate by having an accessory to turn it into a Sybian...
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    phexac , January 18, 2010 5:27 PM
    Oh this is what I have been dreaming of all my life--a computer that looks like a towel!!!
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    drip50291 , January 18, 2010 5:31 PM
    This would make me consider putting Dell back on my list..
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    njkid3 , January 18, 2010 5:32 PM
    great concept hope to hear more about something like this. i can only imagine if they get this concept and make it even smaller then they might have a winner on their hands.


    oh and enough with Crysis its getting to the point where most computers can play it. heck my laptop from 4 years ago can play it so enough with the damn crysis comments
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    lradunovic77 , January 18, 2010 5:39 PM
    This thing is called crap. Next!
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    rooket , January 18, 2010 5:41 PM
    hey that's pretty cool. project the keyboard and also project the display. both of these technologies exist and can be put into production in a small package.
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    Zenthar , January 18, 2010 5:49 PM
    I think most people that tried "laser keyboards" didn't like it. First typing on a desk is harder on the fingers, secondly, it lacks the "feedback" you get when you press a key so you know you pressed it correctly.

    They can always try to compensate by having an accessory to turn it into a Sybian...
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    ekidhardt , January 18, 2010 5:54 PM
    "Oh this is what I have been dreaming of all my life--a computer that looks like a towel!!!"

    hahaha
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    nukemaster , January 18, 2010 6:01 PM
    Would be good for public machines as the keyboard is extra easy to clean with Windex/Lysol.
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    njkid3 , January 18, 2010 6:03 PM
    Drip50291oh and enough with Crysis its getting to the point where most computers can play it. heck my laptop from 4 years ago can play it so enough with the damn crysis commentsyou obviously dont get that theres a setting called very high. Tell ur mommy to go to graphic options next time.


    oh and for you info the whole idea of the joke is can it play it at a playable framerate note where it can it is on very high or not. i set it to medium and im able to enoy all the crysis goodness while maintaining a playable frame rate. oh and tell you mommy that you need a good beating.
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2010 6:05 PM
    The next Great Tech Support Nightmare!

    Projection Keyboard fails to work and you don't have a spare keyboard laying around to plug in. Or the Projection Display goes on the fritz, sorry, they forgot to include a D-sub or DVI output on the back. Or worse, You get a fly walking across your screen as you're trying to do your work!

    Although I do suppose these system could be considered to be discriminatory against blind people as there is no tactile feel to the keyboard.
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    husker , January 18, 2010 6:29 PM
    This design puts computer hardware back 30 years. Do people really hate their displays and keyboards that much? Ever notice that there are countless varieties of these peripherals, catering to every whim and price range? I guess the mouse would be some kind of a virtual touch pad -- yeah, people love those. Old fashioned projection TV's have been replaced by sleek LCD/LED displays. Now we are supposed to believe that projection displays are somehow better? And if this is intended for portability, try using it on your lap in an airport or crowded bus. That hump would also make it awkward to carry. I think someone in Dell's art department snuck over to R&D as a joke and was taken seriously.
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    Honis , January 18, 2010 6:31 PM
    Great concept. They just need to make the touch area into a changeable touch interface and this would be a nifty presentation tool or HTPC/projector.
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    Khimera2000 , January 18, 2010 6:38 PM
    looks like an interesting concept... maybe if its released dell would use some advance version of the atom platform??? my only gripe is the laser keyboard, i had a blue tooth laser keyboard and i have to say it really sucked, had a hard time recognizing key strokes.
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    sidran32 , January 18, 2010 7:15 PM
    Get a small desktop computer, this, and a projector, and you're good to go.

    I'm sure that if laser keyboards became popular, they'd make softer surfaces to accommodate their use ergonomically. Rolling up one of those and packing a projector device is a bit more portable than a keyboard.
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    Shadow703793 , January 18, 2010 7:28 PM
    FYI: This tech already exists and it's got REALLY BAD accuracy and key recognition, esp. for fast typers.
    http://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Keyboard-CL850-Projection-Celluon/dp/B0010SLSOS
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    JohnnyLucky , January 18, 2010 7:46 PM
    It does not seem to be very practical for the typical pc user.
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    amarok , January 18, 2010 8:37 PM
    I really don't get the concept of projecting the keyboard to a surface. Other than there is no feedback from the stroken key, what about the damn noise when you press your finger on a hard table not to mention those annoying women who uses their nails?
    If I sat 5 minutes beside such a woman sounding like a woodpecker on the office-table, my bootprint would be projected to her a$$ as she was flying down the hall..
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    gbismack , January 18, 2010 8:58 PM
    I like how the concept shows XP.
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