The PC deconstructed

Suissa's limited-edition version of a personal computer aims to show that all the parts don't necessarily have to be housed in one block.

Apparently round is the new square.

This sort of guarantees itself as a conversation piece. Displaying this in your living room, office, or where-have-you, is sure to inspire furrowed brows, curiosity or both.

Enlighten
Suissa Computers

This is one of Suissa's takes on the personal computer, which can be completely customized and built on either Intel or AMD chips. Suissa is a Canadian designer that has a demonstrated history of putting a decidedly different spin on the rectangular box-style PC. They're also not the only company going round--earlier this year Sony debuted the Vaio TP1 .

This model, called "Enlighten," is meant to symbolize "the emerging trend of the physical separation of our hardware and data," according to company President Howard Suissa. See Crave's previous coverage of Suissa's curious computers .

It's all very high-brow sounding for an industry where claiming to have a focus on design means coloring laptops pink or adding a strip of chrome to a PC's chassis. Suissa thinks PCs can be more than that however. He conceives of this model as a deconstructed computer, where the parts (power supply, DVD drive, motherboard, video card, etc.) don't necessarily have to be housed in one block.

"Enlighten offers a visually dynamic form which explores the modularity of technology, reflects the movement through time that our memories occupy, and provides a tangible home for them," says Suissa.

Um, OK, but does it come in portable form? And will it fit in my purse?

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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