Apple patents color changing computer case

By Phantasm66
Aug 16, 2004
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  1. Apple has filed a patent for the concept of a color changing computer case. A computer equiped with such a case would be able to change color at the user's whim.

    An internal light device can be configured with any settings of red, green and blue to display any color. Although there are no concrete plans as yet to introduce this immediately, its a good bet that this will wind up being a feature of the next generation Mac.

    Personally, I welcome anything that moves the computer away from being an ugly grey box. With computers becoming more and more interlinked with our lives, they are popping up all over the home, and there needs to be provision for them to blend in as currently TVs, videos and HI-FIs can do. It would certainly be a fine thing to be able to make your computer match the wallpaper or carpet that you have chosen.
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    Personally, I prefer the ugly beige box, though I can deal with white, black and silver.
  3. david5182

    david5182 Newcomer, in training Posts: 46

    Now, this will surely make Mac faster than PC.
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 6,504

    I think this is a really good idea and something that will probably take off given time.
  5. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Its shocking if a patent is granted for this type of simple idea. LEDs have already been used to color the likes of case fans, so what makes this idea patentable? Applying the same idea to PC cases, rather than case fans hardly justifies a patentable design. Ok, controlling the blending of the LEDs is a small enhancement, but isn't much of a leap really. Silly patents are just fouling up others freedom to use simple ideas that many of us could easily have produce on our own, due to the simple priciples involved. Its about time patent law was reformed, before we find it impossible to come up with any new ideas that haven't already been patented. [Sorry, just felt like a good moan :=).]
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Antec & LED patent.
  7. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Neat article Didou :=). You've got to laugh at the nerve some companies have. They'll try and patent almost anything.
  8. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,383   +15

    Thats apple for yah..
  9. Too bad that the inards still suck.
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