When an ugly little black box won't do at all …

June 2, 2009 by Dave Haynes

Engadget has a post up this morning about a small form-factor Atom-based box that goes into a rather crazily different direction from the little metal and plastic boxes most companies are slapping into network rollouts.

How about a vase PC?

Quoting Engadget:

“… this is actually a pretty interesting illustration of the future afforded by small, low-power components: ECS has stuffed a full Intel Atom 230 system, including NVIDA ION graphics, 1GB of RAM, a 2.5-inch HDD and a Blu-ray drive into what looks like a family heirloom. There’s even room for a couple USB ports, Ethernet and HDMI plugs on the bottom, which keeps the main body uninterrupted other than the tray-loading drive.”

As loopy as this looks, if you are going to be installing into a small retail setting and there’s no place to hide the player, there are locations where this would be very clever. Just make sure the cleaning crew doesn’t put water in it.  

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