Have you ever looked at a traditional laptop and thought “that screen is just too rectangular?” While folks have been debating the merits of 4:3 aspect ratios versus 16:9 displays, the folks at Revo Round in China have a completely different idea: a round laptop.

We’re not just talking about the screen either. The Revo Round Roundtop is a completely round laptop with a round display, round case, and even a curved keyboard, touchpad, and other elements to match.

Right now the whole thing appears to be in the prototype testing stages, which is probably a good thing — because seriously, would you look at the warped web site image someone Photoshopped onto the display? Is that how someone really think content should look on a computer display?

Even stranger than the laptop concept itself are the reasons the company developed the design. Apparently a researcher believes that staring at conventional rectangular screens will cause an evolutionary change that could Asian people to develop rounder, more Western style eyes within three generations.

Revo Round hopes that Roundtop technology won’t just be used for computers, but also for billboards and other displays in the future.

I may not be an evolutionary biologist, but I’m a bit skeptical of the premise that staring at computer screens will lead to biological changes — unless people with epicanthic folds in their eyes are for some reason unable to focus on computer screens which will lead them to have less successful careers, fail to to raise enough money to support a family, and die childless and alone thus putting themselves out of the evolutionary pool. Somehow I don’t think that’s happening though.

via CrunchGear

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9 replies on “Revo Round introduces Roundtop computer for some reason”

  1. “Even stranger than the laptop concept itself are the reasons the company developed the design. Apparently a researcher believes that staring at conventional rectangular screens will cause an evolutionary change that could Asian people to develop rounder, more Western style eyes within three generations.”

    ’cause staring at rectangular screens prevents people with Asian eyes from reproducing? Someone fails to understand the concept of selective pressure.

    That said, and just to state the obvious, a round screen just isn’t going to fly.. especially not if the display is warped in such a fashion. Egads.

  2. it looks like a spy gadget from a spy movie for a female spy to hide their computer in a makeup case.

  3. I think the round pc is cool; IMO. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am hoping the photoshopped image is just what one person thinks it will look like and not what that real display will be.

  4. Round LCDs were shown off four years agao at some wacko trade show. I remember because I said that the retro crowed woudl love them because you coudl replace the old tubes in those 1940s TVs. Or more likely make new TVs with that retro look….make your own Fallout 3 television.

  5. I simultaneously do and don’t hope that they’re simply remapping the LCD array from a square to a circle. I guess all that time spent learning polar coordinate transformations is finally going to pay off.

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