The wisdom of designing gadgets that look like spiders when so many people find the many-legged bugs creepy is arguably lacking, but that hasn't stopped Ericsson. The company's latest concept is the so-called Ericsson Spider Computer, a tripod design that will incorporate a full PC, pico-projector, laser keyboard and integrated 3G, and offer the people of 2020 an easily transported computing setup.
Video demo after the cut
Unfortunately that 2020 timeframe means the components of 2009 are a little too large to fit into Ericsson's wishful-thinking mockup. Instead the company have been demonstrating a rather more mundane (and arguably less frightening) prototype, which so far only squeezes in the projector, laser keyboard and a multiformat card reader.
Still, you can see the direction they're going in: why make do with a tiny display and tiny keyboard (or lug around a huge display and a huge keyboard) when you can project them instead? The track record of low-resolution pico-projectors and finger-hurting laser keyboards doesn't exactly fill us with confidence, but perhaps the world of 2020 will only ever use soft-touch surfaces.