Computer Built Into Desk Concept
It's more visually appealing than a desk built into a computer described in text, but other than that, I think I like John Brunner's version better.
(XYZ computer in a desk concept)
XYZ describes their computer in a desk concept thusly:
We enjoy the design of the Apple computer range, though on a functional level, PC is preferred. So we designed a desk/computer as beautiful as a Mac but easily upgradeable like a PC. All computer components and cable management is contained within the thickness of the desk, and when upgrading is required, the desk lid simply flips open. CDRW/DVD, USB and Hot Keys are located on the side of the desk.
But that's just hardware; in his 1963 novel The Long Result. Brunner describes how your computer built into a desk can help you - it could be a desk secretary:
I opened the door of my office. On the door, neat Anglic script said:
That last word modified itself to read IN as the secretary built into my desk recognized me. I sat down and asked what I had on hand from yesterday.
My own voice came back to me from the tapes...
Readers might also remember the desk from Tron, the 1982 film featuring a great mock-up of this concept.
From XYZ computer desk via Born Rich.
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