updated 10:50 am EST, Thu November 2, 2006
Crispin Jones UMPCs
Seeking to differentiate itself from the often utilitarian ultra-mobile PC format, Japanese firm PBJ said that it has commissioned a more visually striking concept from UK designer Crispin Jones. The as-yet unnamed UMPC is patterned after Japanese suzuribako writing utensil boxes, Jones says, and features distinct line patterns that not only individualize the system but also serve as grips. The system is also unique for the absence of buttons: all commands are handled using a touchscreen and stylus. Rubber feet on the bottom allow the UMPC to be used horizontally on a desk, replicating its Japanese inspiration. No specifications or formal launch details have been provided either by Crispin Jones or by PBJ, but as it was completed in October its release as a final product is likely within the next few months.