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Dell Froot Concept Design Does Away with Keyboard, Monitor

Dell Froot Concept Design Does Away with Keyboard, Monitor


With the environment and sustainability firmly in mind the Dell Froot concept saves the planet courtesy two projectors: One for the virtual keyboard, and another for the monitor.

Designed by Pauline Carlos as part of a sustainability contest sponsored by Dell, the Froot also uses a colorful case that’s constructed out of a biodegradable starch-based polymer. As it’s a futuristic concept, the lack of a mouse is understabdable—we’ll no doubt be using our brains by then.
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Comments (21)
  • January 18th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    This is about the same size as a fully-equipped mini-laptop design, so what is the greater advantage over this? This design pre-assumes that the user will always be facing a wall. I could one’s self sitting in an airport terminal (rows of chairs in an open area, brightly illuminated) where this design totally fails.

    Intriguing, -but not for me. A always-at-home desktop computer maybe again, assuming that the desk facing a wall or has a cubicle partition ahead.)


  • porkyV2

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:24 am


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  • William Muncrief

    January 22nd, 2010 at 12:36 am

    To follow up thestickman about the assumption of a wall or other projection surface, check this out

  • johnny d

    January 22nd, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    LOL. people seem to forget that objects contain a little thing called SHADOWS. therefor, how would we be able to use such a keyboard? this is lame, and dell is lame because of it.

  • Cephalopod

    January 22nd, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    um johnny, a keyboard like that already exists and can be purchased.

  • jeffster

    January 22nd, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Are concept designs allowed to simply kick usability in the nuts and leave it dying? virtual keyboards are a horrible idea. What if I have my keyboard on a glass table? What if my walls aren’t a perfectly smooth blank white?

  • Mark

    January 23rd, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I think the worst part of the idea is that “Environment and sustainability are firmly in mind” when the processes that create projectors are just as bad as those that create screens. keyboards in fact likely create less horrible emissions and waste then the fancy keyboard projector, even including having to create a big molded bit of plastic.
    This has nothing to do with the environment and is just dell showing off with “look what we thought up”… although better looking similar concepts have already been created.

  • Aron

    January 23rd, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I agree with several comments here. Of what real use is this? There is still a keyboard-sized object on the desk, now needing more space between the keyboard and “monitor”, as distance is the only function of screen size when using a projector. Plus what sort of quality resolution could one expect with this? Not much, given ambient light, and then “screen reflectivity”. There are so many things wrong with this design that I see it being a novelty more than anything else… .. at least for now.

  • Joe

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Well, perhaps instead of a projector, a hologram should be used, as this design is “futuristic.” But I don’t really think a design like this is very futuristic, since it is using technologies we already have (laser keyboard, projector. But @Aron there are extreme wide-angle lenses which can be put onto a projector to decrease distance between device and screen.

    @Mark The environmentally sound thing about not having a separate keyboard and monitor is there is less waste when you eventually dispose of your old computer.

    @William Muncrief What?

  • Izkata

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I can see this as possible, maaaybe, but only if it was combined with the Heliodisplay:

    Otherwise, yeah. No one I know has enough empty space and blank walls for a projector.

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  • jewsus

    February 6th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    this looks weak… only a “froot” would use this

  • Horatio Dingleberg

    February 6th, 2010 at 1:47 am

    This is a giant pointless gimmick for pussies.

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  • ash

    November 4th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    its fake clearly sum1s just got a pic of their xp screen faded it out and slapped a little fell thing there with sum lines, and made a shadow keyborad

  • Dude

    December 10th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    The advantages?
    This looks more portable than some of the heavyweight laptops out there.
    No stress over spilling a drink over keyboard.
    No stress over damaging the screen (be interesting to know how the projectors handle being dropped!)

    As for the assumption that the user is facing a wall/surface, perhaps the carry case can incorporate surfaces to facilitate mobile use. Place device inside the open case, which is on the user’s lap. Vertical lid has surface available for screen projection. Maybe an unfolding surface from the horizontal lid to accommodate keyboard. Depends on how adjustable the focal points for the projectors are!

  • julian

    August 31st, 2011 at 8:47 pm


  • Hey

    February 15th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Hey where is the mouse???

  • brandon

    September 20th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    thats the most futuristic thing i have ever seen. thats freakin AWESOME! (but where is the mouse)

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