Intel’s all white for the future

Intel this month presented its latest vision of how future digital centres might look. The firm’s ‘E-Shell’ PC design - created by designer Ryan McElhinney - is reminiscent style-wise of Apple's products. Or, according to some online bloggers, a space age toilet.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  May 26, 2005

Intel this month presented its latest vision of how future digital centres might look. Its ‘E-Shell’ PC design - created by designer Ryan McElhinney on Intel's behalf and unveiled at a UK press and partner event last week - is reminiscent style-wise of Apple's products. Or, as some slight more cruel bloggers have put it, a space-age toilet. It is a widely held belief in the industry that the standard, rather unappealing design of the standard desktop PC is unlikely to ever make it into the living rooms of future digital homes, so Intel this month showed partners and press how it thinks this situation could be remedied. Namely by ditching the square, boxiness of traditional PCs in favour of sleek lines and cool, iPod-esque whites. The ‘Home Entertainment Shell’ – or 'E-Shell' – “takes a back to the future look at how technology and design in the living room have developed over the ages and hints at where things could lead in the future," according to Tracey Gillespie of Intel. "More than ever, technology needs to appeal on the outside as well as the inside, if it’s to credibly take back its place in the centre of the living room," she added The ‘E-Shell’ was apparently inspired by Eero Aarnio’s iconic bubble and ball chairs of the early 1960s. This prototype PC design actually incorporates a Hi-Grade DMS II 3400 entertainment PC. Under the hood is a 3.4GHz Intel P4 Processor 550, 512MB of RAM and a huge 250GB hard drive. Also crammed in are a TV tuner, DVD reader and writer and radio player. All of which is housed in a Balanced Technology Extended (BTX) form factor meaning better internal airflow (than ATX form), and so less fans and quieter operation.

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