Tosh. should have called it the Karma Chameleon
"Loving would be easy is your colours were like my dreams, red, gold and green, red, gold and green"
Toshiba has come up with a laptop, the Dynabook Qosmio T750, which has a lid which changes colour - the first of its kind, the Japanese giant claimed. Well, sort of. The blue-lidded box – the colour is called "shiny ocean" – sports "shimmering" metallic colours that run from turquoise through to deep blue and purple depending …
The article says
"The trick lies in Toshiba's use of several polyester laminate films, each comprising thousands "nano-technology" layers,"
If this is accurate, this means that unlike interference paints (ChromaFlare and the like) they've not done this with suspended particles, but actually made the case as a polylaminate. This would make the technology fundamentally different in terms of physics, although it is clearly derived from the same principles. (Chromaflare uses particles of laminate to show the surface of different layers at different angles, if this case is a single laminate, it will rely on varying refractive indices and total internal reflection for its colour-changing jiggery-pokery.)
If it's just spraypaint, on the other hand, you're quite right.
They put this much effort into something useful like their docking stations. The one I have, supposedly a "business" model doesn't pass through the modem, cannot support DVI, the button is right at the very back in the far corner so if you slip it under a desk or something you have to grovel about to switch it on and off, it doesn't work with KVMs reliably and is a bit of a poor show all round. Get the basics right and then when everything is perfect you can fiddle with the colour and shape.
... media player focused aspect ratio on devices that are personal computers first and media players second. Have you tried buying a laptop with a decent (>1000) vertical resolution lately. Rocking horse droppings and those that exist are mostly full HD monsters. Why do I want a screen shaped for a TV standard on a laptop? Sure I watch movies on my laptop, for a couple of hours a week maybe on top of the 40-60 hours *work* I do with the thing.
Leave 16:9, 16:10, 21:9, 1.85:1, 2.39:1 and all other widescreen 'standards' for media players and TVs please and lets have laptops with 4:3 again.
Alienware's mALX 19" laptop had color changing capability on the back. Was way more bad @$$ then this thing ever will be too. That laptop came out in 2006/2007 I think. Great research capability Toshiba. Toshiba sucks.Plain and Simple.
I owned an mALX sadly it died however I'd love to own another one someday, even if it's a bit dated...here's to wishing.
Cute and tricky lid. Now if only it had a graphics chip-set. It's got to have one though none is listed. Intel Graphics? nVidia Graphics? ATI? I got it, S4! Hahahaha....
Can't wait to see one change colors even if the graphics chip-set is secret. >_<
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