We here at How 2.0 headquarters are happy any time someone comes up with a new and different way to use an existing technology or piece of electronic equipment. But what we really love is when we had the idea first. Witness the Yummy Kitchen Connect—a computer you hang on the wall in your kitchen to catalog your groceries and suggest recipes, among other uses—part of a Microsoft/Industrial Designers Society of America-sponsored PC design competition.
We’ll pulling for the folks behind the Yummy, but the design and the basic concept sure are reminiscent of the wall laptop we built for a story (“A Digital Notepad”) in our February issue. Imitation, real or imagined, is the sincerest form of flattery, so we’re not complaining. Still, we can’t help but wonder what else one could do with a wall-mounted, Internet-enabled touchscreen PC. What fun, practical or creative functions would you use it for? –Doug Cantor