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Believe it or not, these outrageous creations are fully working computers

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We wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t realise there were working computers in these amazing creations.

Case modification, or case mods, can start with changes as simple as giving your computer case a new coat of paint — or, as you’ll see, get really complicated.

Naturally, those exhibited at Computex, one of Taiwan’s largest annual technology shows, did not hold back.

Here are some of our favourites:

Donkey Kong

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Let’s start off with one that needs no explanation.

Build by modder Thermal Mike and Thermaltake’s U.S. team, they actually sourced for original DK arcade logos for this Donkey Kong case.  

Looks like it paid off — the mod definitely has that old arcade feel. 

Taipei 101

What better way to represent Taiwan than with one of its famous icons?

Behold the Taipei 101 case mod, of the city’s tallest skyscraper which stands at a height of 500m.

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Modder Mike Petereyns said he was “struck by inspiration” the first time he saw the Taipei 101 and decided to make a case after it.

Rocket League

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Who doesn’t love Rocket League?

“I spent about 290 hours working on this case mod, but on average they take me around 100 to 400 hours,” Australian Stephen Hoad who worked on this mod told Mashable.

Hoad, who only started modding 18 months ago, now mods full-time for a living.

Supercarrier

The Taiwanese modder behind this crazily ambitious mod was actually inspired by the name of the motherboard, the ASRock Z270 Supercarrier.

The Supercarrier took around three months to build — though if we’re honest it looks like it took a lot longer.

Just look at that attention to detail.

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The Wheel of Star

Seriously, need we say more? Just look at it.

Yep, it spins.

The Wheel of Star, which is made by Modder Crow of Thailand, is by far the craziest thing we’ve seen.

We’re told by a Cooler Master spokesperson that the PC case is fully functional, and equipped with a HDMI wireless transmitter, so it can still connect to devices — despite being in that case. 

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This mod won first place in the Case Mod World Series, and its really not hard to see why.

Stay tuned for more news from the Computex 2017 in Taipei, as we cover it from the showfloor.

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Chinese calligraphy just got a virtual reality reboot, and it’s gorgeous

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As they say, the VR wand is mightier than the sword.

The traditional art of Chinese calligraphy is getting a breath of digital modernity, thanks to a new VR installation by the Taiwan National Palace Museum, and technology show Computex.

The project is claimed to be the world’s first VR calligraphy installation.

After you put on the headset, you’re greeted by a beautiful Chinese pavilion, as traditional Chinese characters float in the background.

The whole experience, viewed in VR, is amazingly gorgeous — and it almost feels like you’re being transported to a scene out of ancient China. 

The screen then shifts, and suddenly you’re in an empty room with nothing but a calligraphy pen. 

But how convenient — all you have to do is trace over the words in the background — and now you’ve written your first character in Chinese calligraphy.

The words actually have to be written very precisely. Miss out even a stroke — as I did — and you’ll be prompted to repeat it again until you get the character perfectly right. 

Here’s how you’ll look like IRL tho: 

The creators made sure to tap on history for inspiration. The style was drawn from “Autobiography,” a Tang dynasty masterpiece by Huai Su, that dates back to around the year 777.

The exhibition, aptly named The Spirit of Autobiography, is available at the Computex technology show until June 3.

So if you happen to be here — don’t forget to try your hand at some Chinese calligraphy.

Stay tuned for more news from the Computex 2017 in Taipei, as we cover it from the showfloor.

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Asus skips robots at this year’s Computex event and flaunts super-thin laptops instead


Remember Zenbo, the cute humanoid robot that stole the show at Asus’ Computex press conference last year? Zenbo was absent from the stage this year, as were ZenFones. Instead, in an unusual departure for the event, which took place today in Taipei, Taiwan, the focus was solely on Asus’ new laptops, with the spotlight shining on the newest additions to its ZenBook line: the ZenBook Flip S and the ZenBook Pro UX550.

Asus claims the ZenBook Flip S is “the world’s thinnest convertible laptop.” It weighs in at just 1.1kg and is only 10.9mm thick (Asus’ press materials compared it to the HP Spectre x360, which weighs 1.29kg and is 13.8mm thick, and the MacBook Air at 1.35kg and 17mm).

The ZenBook Flip S’s 13.3in 4K touchscreen display can flip 360 degrees, while its specs–an Intel Core i7-7500U processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD–should ensure a fast performance. Asus claims the machine’s battery can last up to 11.5 hours and reach a 60 percent charge in 49 minutes, and it has a USB-C port for peripherals. The ZenBook Flip S will be available for sale in September starting at $1,099.

  1. Asus ZenBook Pro UX550

  2. Asus ZenBook Pro UX550

  3. Asus ZenBook Pro UX550

Like its predecessor, the ZenBook Pro UX550 also has a 15.6in 4K touchscreen display–but this time it runs on Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a discrete graphic card, the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. Another selling point is the ZenBook Pro UX550’s slim profile: it weighs 1.8kg and is just 18.9mm thick. Pricing will start at $1,299 when it hits the market in July.

Other laptops showcased today include the ZenBook 3 Deluxe (which debuted at CES in January), the $499 VivoBook S (it comes with up to a Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 940MX GPU), and the VivoBook ($799, with a Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU).

Asus unveils the world’s thinnest convertible laptop yet

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The world of convertible laptops just got its thinnest yet.

Asus unveiled the Zenbook Flip S on Monday in a large scale launch event, a day ahead of the larger Computex technology show in Taipei. 

The Zenbook Flip S is 10.9mm thin. In comparison, competitors like the HP Spectre x360 come in at 13.8mm, and the Apple MacBook Air measures 17mm. 

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The Taiwanese maker’s 13.3″ laptop features a 360 degree hinge, and weighs just 1.1kg — again, lighter than the HP and Apple competition.

It’ll be priced at $1,099.

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The Flip S also boasts a fingerprint security sensor, 4K display, and fully supports Windows Ink in Windows 10 — the OS’s support for onscreen pen input.

And like everyone else, Asus is also jumping on the USB-C bandwagon, with two ports for data and charging.

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But how durable is the laptop?

Asus claims it’s able to handle 20,000 open and close cycles, so it should last its lifetime in the average user’s hands.

With a blue and gold finish, the ASUS Flip S is also stunning to look at — though its shiny surface also meant that every smudge and fingerprint could be seen. 

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Asus also unveiled four other laptops at the press conference: the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, the ZenBook Pro, the VivoBook S and the VivoBook Pro.

The VivoBook S comes in at the lowest price point — at just $499.

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At the launch event, Asus Chairman, Jonney Shih, talked up the new laptops’ thin profiles, saying: “Our brand-new ZenBook and VivoBook line-up…[provides] everyone with a new definition of thin, beautiful and powerful laptops.”

Stay tuned for more news from the Computex 2017 in Taipei, as we cover it from the showfloor.

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