[Dana Sibera], acknowledged as [@NanoRaptor] on Twitter, helps make us ponder about products that could have been, and wince about units that ought to under no circumstances see the light-weight of day – summoned into existence by her respectable photo enhancing and 3D modeling abilities. At any time desired to see a Model M with a tiny eco-friendly-tinted CRT created into its aspect? Now you have. Potentially, a “self-tapping” DE-9 plug with wood screws for pins? Challenging luck, below it is anyway, but you can have a palate cleanser if it was as well much to bear. Obtaining started above a year back with the traditional “spicy pillows, but essentially pillows” structure, she retains gracing us with portrayals of tech and tech-adjacent objects straight from the depths of her imagination.
None of the issues she exhibits exist in real life, some regretfully and some thankfully so, but that’s not the initially factor on your mind when you stumble on a cube-shaped iPod with a designed-in equalizer in your Twitter feed. Images like this “cassette ROM” or the deluxe woodgrain 386DX are quite apparent in what they are. On the other hand, gadgets like this “Mini VGA” dongle or the amber CRT-adorned TI92 Moreover might have you reach for your wallet prior to you notice what’s up, and the photographic-evidence-accompanied assertion about early floppy drives being punchcard-centered may well have you believe you are just not up to day on your retrocomputing trivia.
Older components is recognized to be much more expressive and experimental, and [Dana]’s designs get full gain of that – from an SGI Indy with its diagonal minimize by means of the circumstance now paired with a matching check, to an L-show Powerbook. New hardware doesn’t get a move either – here’s the latest iPod Nano with a clickwheel, a logical summary that Apple hardly ever arrived at, and a motherboard with a dozen USB-C inputs in put of an ATX ability connector.
Some types will be nostalgia-inducing, some will be overwhelming, and [Dana] retains bringing new surprises into our feed on the regular. Prolific artists are a joy to observe – last time, we lined Pepper’s Ghost experiments of [Joshua Ellingson], and he retains experimenting to this day.
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— Dana Sibera (@NanoRaptor) February 8, 2022