Way back in 2008 I reported on attempts to cyberpunkify ergonomic solutions for computer workplaces: see ↵laid back and ↵laid back flagship. Now MWE Lab has driven it to new heights in every respect … the ↑Emperor 200 comes with a lavish price-tag of $45,000. Roberto Baldwin at Wired’s Gadget Lab ↑has commented perfectly:
Upon sitting in the Emperor 200, users tap on the touchscreen to lower the monitors and nestle themselves into a computing bubble worthy of a Bond villain. Because each workstation is built to order, MWE labs can customize each installation to handle different computing platforms, even adding peripherals like iPhone docks. But this level of customization doesn’t come quickly. After placing your order, it’ll take six months to build your Emperor 200—just enough time to get the volcano hollowed out for your secret lair.
Besides as movie props there is only one application for those coming to my mind, which makes sense: as glitzy gadgets for electronic sports. Imagine two of those, a white one and a black one, or even better: a red one and a blue one on stage. In them ↑cypher and ↑Rapha fighting for the ↑Quake Live world championships.
But then again—how could you play ↑russian style in one of those?