Do you suck at first-person shooters? Kamal Carter might have the solution. He built a servo-controlled robotic rig that moves a mouse exactly where targets are by scanning the screen for specific colors. It cheats quite well in the FPS trainer AimLab, but it’ll need more work to be accurate in a real game.
Long for the startup sound of your old Macintosh? Or perhaps the squeal of a dial-up modem? Save the Sounds’ Museum of Endangered Sounds offers an online soundboard where you can enjoy the sounds of retro technology any time you’re feeling nostalgic. Try playing them all at the same time for fun.
The first portable computers weren’t exactly compact or lightweight. DIY Perks’ briefcase PC follows in these footsteps, but the payoff for the heft is a high-end gaming PC with a wrap-around 144Hz triple display, a 16-core AMD Ryzen 5950X CPU, an NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU, 64GB of RAM, and a premium audio system with a subwoofer.
The latest Mac for creative pros is small, but faster at most things than a Mac Pro. It can be configured with a 10-core M1 Max or 20-core M1 Ultra chip, and has multiple USB-C, Thunderbolt 4, and USB-A ports for connectivity. The 27″ 5K Studio Display has a 12MP camera with a 3-mic array, 6-speaker audio, and more.
Apple released its first Macintosh computer back in 1984, running one of the earliest graphical user interfaces for personal computers. The guys at Nobel Tech put together a retrospective of every version of the Macintosh operating system, from its first public release, System 0.97 to the latest version of macOS 12, Monterrey.
Razer is showing off a concept design for the ultimate computer desk. It has hot-swappable, magnetic modules for a PC and touchscreen displays that act as input devices for gaming, streaming, and creative work. It also has modules for wireless charging and mug warming, and pairs with a 65″ or 77″ OLED display.
Synthesizer maker Teenage Engineering applies their stripped-down aesthetic to a small form factor PC case. The orange sheet metal kit comes flat-packed for easy assembly and has room for a mini-ITX motherboard, an SFX power supply, and a dual-slot GPU up to 180 mm. Computer components not included.
Martina and Hansi from Nerdforge needed a new computer for editing videos. Rather than go with some off-the-shelf PC, they built a completely custom system that looks like a medieval fantasy house. The structure is wood, covered with miniature bricks and foam accent pieces. This thing both runs Windows and HAS Windows.
HP’s high-end AIO desktop PC for 2021 has a 34″ ultrawide 5K display optimized for color accuracy. It tops out with an 11th-gen 8-core Intel i9 CPU and GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, and has Thunderbolt 4 support. It also has Bang & Olufsen audio, a repositionable webcam, and a wireless charger in its base. Drops October 2021.
Logitech’s docking station consolidates all of your computer connections when working from home. It connects to laptops via USB-C and provides five USB ports and two display outputs. It also works as a speakerphone and has buttons for muting, volume, video on/off, and volume right on top. Coming Winter 2021.
If there’s one thing we don’t miss about computers, it’s having to install software and operating systems from dozens of floppy disks. Nobel Tech condensed hours upon hours of footage into a 6-minute time-lapse showing the time-consuming installation process of every major version of Microsoft Windows, from 1.01 to 11.
This unique keyboard lets you extend your desktop onto its top half. It has a 12.6″ ultrawide (1920 x 515) touchscreen and connects to computers or mobile devices via USB Type-C. Compatible with Windows, macOS, and Android devices. Comes in 98-key scissor-switch and 71-key mechanical versions. It looks kind of familiar to us.
Good airflow is important for keeping electronic components cool, so most computers use fans to circulate air. But we’ve never seen a computer that cools itself by breathing. DIY Perks shows off a gigantic machine he built that quietly pumps air in and out using bellows.
That iPhone in your pocket is as powerful as many earlier Macintosh computers, but iOS still doesn’t have all of the capabilities of MacOS. Ike T. Sanglay Jr. built this custom Hackintosh portable that’s capable of running MacOS Big Sur. It was built using a Latte Panda Alpha single-board computer, and has 8GB RAM, and a 240GB M.2 SSD.
Modding Cafe has created the ultimate gaming system. The custom tower case combines a high-end gaming PC with a PlayStation 5 console. The PC packs a Core i9 11900K CPU and an ASUS ROG Strix 3080 GPU. Both systems are watercooled and the PS5’s Blu-ray drive allows game discs to be loaded from the side of the case.
PC maker CherryTree is offering this awesome computer inspired by the Borg cube in Star Trek: Picard (and TNG before it). It comes as an ATX case for your own builds, or CherryTree can build a complete system for you. The Collector’s Edition comes with blueprint art and a Romulan pixmit hoodie, packed in a wooden crate.
A few years back, John Lagomarsino of The Verge recorded the sounds of various keyboards and edited them together to create a catchy and rhythmic track. The dozen keyboards used include a vintage IBM PC mechanical keyboard, a classic Olympia manual typewriter, and an Apple eMate portable computer.
Artist Love Hulten is back with another awesome retro-inspired piece. The MTC 2401 is a custom cabinet that looks just like the IBM 2401 Magnetic Tape Unit – a computer relic that dates back to the mid-1960s. It features blinking lights, spinning tape reels, and it makes vintage computer noises. Every office needs one.
This compact 89-key mechanical keyboard squeezes in a full set of function keys, a numeric keypad, and directional keys in a compact footprint. We dig the tan, orange, and grey color scheme, which brings back memories of old mainframe computers. It features easy-clicking Red switches and PBT keycaps for durability.
The new iMac comes in seven colors. It has narrower bezels and a flatter screen and offers color-matched mice, keyboards, and trackpads. It runs on Apple’s fast and efficient M1 chip with eight cores. It has a 24″ 4.5k retina screen, a 1080p FaceTime camera, a 3-microphone array, six speakers, Dolby Atmos, and more.
It’s estimated that the amount of data stored on the Internet as of 2020 was around 40 zettabytes. If you can’t count that high, MetaBallStudios is here to provide some perspective on the relative size of various data measurements, envisioning a single byte as a 1-millimeter cube, and scaling up from there.
We look forward to the day when everything on every device just happens instantly. But until then, we will continue to see progress bars and spinning beachballs. Tom Scott digs into these First World annoyances and their most irritating properties – an inconsistent rate of movement and inability to predict completion time.
Photographer Mark Richards and author John Alderman offer a visual guide to some of the earliest examples of computing devices. The 176-page hardcover book features artistically-composed images of machines like the Eniac, Cray 1, and the original Apple 1, which call Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum home.
These days, we all carry a very capable computer in our pockets. But back in the 1980s, pocket computers looked more like glorified calculators. The 8-Bit Guy takes a look at some of these early examples of miniaturization for a look at just how far computing technology has come in the last few decades.
Made by Lenovo’s NEC division, this mini PC features an 8″ full HD touchscreen that can fold into tablet mode, and is powered by a high-efficiency Intel Core i7 CPU with Iris Xe graphics. An add-on controller module and TV dock turn the system into a Switch-like gaming system. It’s currently just a concept but likely to go into production.