We're all for the improvement of Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC), but we're not sure if this is a step forward or a step back (we're inclined to go with the latter). In an effort to make UMPCs less cold and more cuddly, Brit designer Crispin Jones has done away with their intimidating buttons, engraved them with different etchings, and splashed them with some color. We admit, the carved surfaces are a nice alternative to some of the scarier-looking designs we've seen, but the lack of buttons is gonna make it a pain to use since you'll be relying on the UMPC's touch screen all the time. The designs were mocked up by Crispin for Tablet PC maker PBJ.
Fancypants UMPCs by Crispin Jones for PBJ [via Popgadget]