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The kitchen is the computer
Posted on 3-Mar-2004 23:01 | Filed under: News

The kitchen is the computer
Powerdesk integrates Microsoft Windows based computer with European design, creating furniture that is functional and capable of processing at the same time. Its latest release is a kitchen bench top called called The Iceberg, that incorporates DuPont Corian as the work surface and DVD/CD drive and main power controls built directly into the bench top. The company also makes a desk that incorporates a full Windows computer on its top.

The Powerdesk concept was devised by David Gilbert: in every desk in the world, there is a void space between the back of the drawers and the back of the desk. They call this area the "Void-Zone". This space can be used to incorporate all the cables, sound system, hardware etc, to create a truly integrated computer and the patented design of the Powerdesk means you can access this space at any time, for easy upgrades or modifications.

Corian is a DuPont product that blends natural materials and pure acrylic polymer used to create solid surface with high resistance.

The specs for this computer, supplied by HP, are:

  • Flat Screen TV (colour co-ordinated to match the kitchen!)
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Intel P4 2.4GHz (cache 512kB)
  • Chipset: Intel 845G
  • Graphics/Video: Intel Extreme 32MB
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 40GB Hard drive
  • ISDN or high speed modem
  • DVD player & CD player/writer for movies, music etc
  • internal sound system
  • Cordless keyboard and mouse
  • USB port for memory sticks, cameras etc

    According to the company, benefits include:

  • One "integrated," affordable price includes both IT and furniture
  • Fully functional, bespoke cabinetry with clean lines and aesthetic appeal
  • A stylish, durable worktop in over 70 colours of Corian (hinged for access)
  • Security. This PC will be very hard to steal!
  • Available as either a mobile, free-standing unit, or built in
  • Fold down draw and wireless keyboard allow you to sit or stand to operate the unit, as desired
  • Can be built to incorporate your existing PC
  • An Iceberg in the kitchen makes PC/DVD use easier to monitor and more sociable!


  • More information: http://www.powerdesk.com...
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