Hi guys I’m planning on starting a new project. Contrarily to a lot of projects on the board, I’m just starting - I hope to share a lot of the progress as I go along.
So, I’m a full-time employed mechanical design engineer and I want to start a project to hone some of my design skills. Both from an industrial design stand-point. But also some heat transfer/fluid dynamics as well as mechanical design.
A few months back in a thread, one board member mentioned a computer case as an interesting intersection for me. The idea has been bouncing in my mind ever since. Now, I recently had to build my own PC to replace my laptop. I really struggled to find a decent case which makes me feel like there’s room for improvement in that market.
Here’s a quick brief I made for myself.
What I’m seeing is that there’s a resurgence in the interest for desktop machines. Or at least in building them.
My gross explanation for it is that ultrabooks and tablets are becoming increasingly good at replacing traditional laptops for a lot of light productivity applications. Say a student can now use a Microsoft Surface as their only device. A lot of people have relegated their home desktop or laptop as the “tax machine” and do most of their browsing and tasks on a tablet. On the flip side, I’m seeing a need for the desktop machines. The popularity of PC gaming is on the rise, creative/technical professionals have higher needs - video editing in 4k, heavier retouching and storage for photographers, higher quality expectation of output from architects/designers… If a tablet could do most of your busy work and handle your on-the-go computing, you might as well get two devices. A desktop for the desk and grunt work and a tablet for kicking back and being on the go. Rather than a full-size laptop that doesn’t really do well in either situations.
However, the offering I’m seeing for case in the PC market isn’t up there. A lot of it very gaming oriented and looks like cars from Fast and Furious. Or the more quiet offerings are quite boring and still mostly built from bent sheet metal. It’s rattly, tends to look cheap and doesn’t feel like the amazing thing that is a modern computer. The buying experience could also use some work. There’s a lot to take in for the inexperienced to make sure everything is going to work together.
So to kind of wrap up this first post, I’ll take up Steve Jobs comparing tablets to cars and desktops to trucks. -What do trucks look like in a “post pc” world?