back to article The bonkers water-cooled shoe PC, hexagonal pink workstations, and IKEA-style cases of Computex 2023

Last week’s Computex in Taipei did not disappoint when it came to weird and wonderful gadgetry. The show celebrated its status as the PC industry's biggest annual event by showcasing many exotic custom builds. Taiwanese hardware company Cooler Master let the literal and metaphorical shoe drop with the Nike-like Sneaker X. …

  1. mIVQU#~(p,

    Don’t like this embedded video format.

    1. A Non e-mouse Silver badge

      Maybe I'm getting old, but could we at least have a picture?

      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        A picture is worth a thousand videos. Or at least a picture contains only one millivideo of annoyance.

    2. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

      The Reg is using YouTube hosting and it forbids inline fullscreen on mobile. It's just an animated thumbnail.

      Besides the functional limits, it seems sad that The Reg can't host its own video.

  2. Korev Silver badge

    Does anyone else get SGI vibes off the XSLAB V-raptor SQ nano?

    And that means I want one :-)

    1. fromxyzzy

      I'm just confused by the 24-cores of A53, which is a processor from 2012 and usually only used by the cheapest bargain devices or as the background cores for better chips.

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "This one's an actual product the company plans to sell from July for the lace-knotting price of $5,999."

    You'd hope that there's nobody with enough excess of money over sense to buy one. And you know you'd be wrong.

    1. fromxyzzy

      NBA 2k23 is on Steam, and people have definitely spent more than $6k on actual sneakers.

  4. Doctor Syntax Silver badge


    "The earbuds include a proprietary chip hidden in their USB-C adapter, which hooks into the API for Google's enterprise grade cloudy translation service and pipes real-time conversation translation into users' ears."

    Oh, dear. We all know what the name ought to be, don't we.

    1. Skiver

      Re: Transbuds


    2. Russell Chapman Esq.

      Re: Transbuds


    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Transbuds

      We all know what the name ought to be, don't we.

      Hmmm ...

      Shiny, new bullshit* looking for a fool and their money?

      * Would apply to practically everything shown in the article.


    4. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: Transbuds

      As it is, they'll be banned in a couple dozen US states by the end of the year.

  5. yetanotheraoc Silver badge


    "Looking left or right took a virtual vehicle in the appropriate direction."

    By appropriate does that mean it knows what you are looking at? When I see a pedestrian that doesn't mean I want the vehicle to move towards it. Does it drive in a circle when the driver spends all their time looking at their dash-mounted phone?

    1. GrumpenKraut
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      Re: Squirrel!

      > Does it drive in a circle when the driver spends all their time looking at their dash-mounted phone?

      That actually sounds like a good idea.

  6. Fr. Ted Crilly Silver badge

    V-raptor SQ ah, now that looks like

    It will hack nicely into a (lack of) Quality Street tin. Just saying...

  7. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
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    Weird looking computers

    By an odd coincidence, last night I came across some videos on Youtube shown "weird" computer designs over the decades.

  8. Timo

    flatpack cases = big box of razor blades?

    In my experience computer cases come with tons of sharp edges. Will these flatpack cases be any different?

    Some of the pieces in the picture look like large cheese graters. Will they come with a pair of chain mail gloves for you to wear during assembly/disassembly?

  9. Crypto Monad Silver badge

    IKEA cases

    If you are looking for IKEA server mounting, the "Lack Rack" has been around for a long time:

  10. TimMaher Silver badge

    Glad I didn’t have to go.

    Just saying.

  11. Sherrie Ludwig

    The bike desk

    While I see the decent idea behind the pedal while you work, some crazy boss will see it as "free electricity"! And maybe start charging the peons if they don't generate a surplus....

  12. tiggity Silver badge


    would have been nice to have just had a few basic image links

    Too many of those links were blocked (e.g. instagram - all meta stuff is ) or to websites that were useless with my default for sites I have never visited - i.e. of js enabled on sites not in my "approved list" & I'm not going to tweak JS settings for various sites just for a look at a case mod

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