There’s a fine line between genius and madness, and I’m not entirely sure which side this falls on, but web designer ArleyM recently shared details about a DIY ergonomic E Ink laptop project… and it’s kind of beautiful and horrific at the same time.
Basically, the kit combines an ergonomic keyboard from Kinesis, a Kensington Orbit trackball mouse, and an Onyx BOOX Max3 eReader and writing slate plus… a duct-taped kitchen drying rack that acts as a tablet stand.
It’s clearly not for everyone — you need to be a fan of E Ink displays and ergonomic products to look fondly on this thing. And we’re looking at about $1250 in parts. But there’s still something a little fascinating about the project.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- Ergonomic writing setup [ArleyM]
This DIY E Ink laptop combines an ergonomic keyboard, a trackball, and an eReader.
- Wave Computing and MIPS Wave Goodbye [SemiWiki]
Wave Computing is allegedly filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and shutting down, potentially taking MIPS Technologies along with it (about half a year after shuttering the MIPS Open Initiative less than a year after launching it).
- Magic Leap reportedly slashes 1,000 jobs [TechCrunch]
Augmented reality company Magic Leap announced it’s shifting focus from consumer to enterprise… and the company may have also just laid off half its workforce (1,000 people). Related: apparently Magic Leap had 2,000 employees.
- Zoom Hits Milestone on 90-day Security Plan, Releases Zoom 5.0 [Zoom]
Zoom 5.0 is rolling out, addressing some of the security issues that the company has come under fire for in recent weeks. 256-bit encryption is enabled. Waiting rooms and passwords are enabled by default. And hosts have quicker access to security settings.
- Windows Terminal Preview v0.11 Release
Microsoft releases Windows Terminal Preview v.0.11 — the final release before version 1.0. New features include support for languages other than English, settings and color scheme updates, copy and paste changes, and bug fixes.