Future iMac Concept by kromekat ()
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MacFormat magazine (http://www.macformat.co.uk/) commissioned me to conceptualise a future iMac to accompany a related article. I based the design on current Apple design trends, as well as the previous iMac incarnation (which is my favourite).
The iMac features a 30" utra-thin LCD screen, which is totally transparent when the iMac is not in use. The screen can also be set to various levels of translucency, and can fade during sleep modes etc. The keyboard is also totally tramsparent, low profile and a curved ergonomic design, with light sensitive illuminated keys.
Everything is of course, wireless.
© Adam Benton / MacFormat
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Very cool concept! *****5STaR I really like those speakers that double as candle stick holders:p I wonder how lighting would effect the screen. Sun light and ambient room light bla bla. How long did it take you to do this project, from concept to final render?
It is not ergonomic to have a keyboard curved that way. To be ergonomic, it must be curved the other way round. If it's curved that way, you must bend you hands even farther apart, causing even more stress to them. See, this is ergonomic: http://www.hardware-pacers.com/reviews_images/msdesktop5000/mainkeyboard.jpg Here is why. See this image http://www.ergonomics.co.uk/products/input/keyb7300.jpg Her hands are absolutely straight (following the line of her arms). On a normal keyboard you are bending your left hand to the left and your right one to the right like shown here in the image http://www.everythingusb.com/images/list/mskeyboard4000posture.jpg And this is bad. If you bend a keyboard like shown above, you make the situation even worse and the keyboard even more unergonomic than a normal one. This is so typical. People should first get the technical background about something before they try to design in that area. You can't design by just doing whatever looks good if you have no idea about how things work.
This is an awesome design both for the MAC and for the graphic. I also would buy one if this MAC were available today. The only issue I see with the design is that ergonomic keyboards do not bend inward, as this would cause more strain on the arms and hands. Ergonomic keyboards bend outward to fit the nartural position of the arms, see this site for a reference -> http://www.ergonomicsmadeeasy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=27 If you want to be on the cutting edge of ergonomic keyboards like the cutting edge of this design, I would suggest a split keyboard that folders up in the middle to truly fit the natural positions of the hands as well like this -> http://www.ergonomicsmadeeasy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=19 or like some of these others -> http://www.ergonomicsmadeeasy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=209. Otherwise this just awesome and I hope they come out with something similar.