MARSHAL announced that they are developing an analog meter which can display your PC’s status – and look cool while doing it.
Presently, the product is still undergoing testing, but we know that MARSHAL is working on 3 types of meter – one to show CPU, one to show HDD, one to show memory, and one final meter to rule them all ….. well maybe not that last one.
Combined with an exclusive software package, the meters are able to read the various internal data from Windows task manager and display them on their cockpit style gadgets.
The test products are completely handmade, and their black spherical shape bear a Gantz-like quality to them. (I wonder if it plays “a new morning has come”?). They also have a simple red arrow which points accurately to the current value of whatever information it is displaying. The final design may not completely emulate this simple design however, and MARSHAL may still have a few surprises up their sleeves.
The mysterious device also has an LED backlight installed in it, giving it an even eerier look when you switch the lights off.
MARSHAL’s head of domestic planning Takeomi Maruyama expressed his thoughts on the quirky meter product.
“Engineers who develop ways to convert analog to digital are a dime a dozen, but those who know how to convert digital to analog are few and far between. For this reason, it took a long time for this product to be realized from its original design," he said.
All that work just for the PC equivalent of a magic eight ball. Who’da thought?
The ball, while not exactly a cornucopia of functionality, is bound to attract fans of the stylish and unique. It’s release date has yet to be announced, but you will be able to get your hands on one for around 1,980 Yen (~25 USD). Currently, there are only 3 test models, but that may change if they are popular enough.
I bet you artsy types will buy them up in truck loads though, that is if you haven’t spent your money on the latest Macbook Pro.