In today's Remainders: The Old World. We visit Michael Dell in Switzerland, showing off the Dell Mini 5. We swing by Germany, to see one baaaaad reaction to the iPad and 10,000 watts of homemade light-porn. Last stop: Russia!
It'll Be Out In a Couple Months
TechCrunch caught up with Michael Dell at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, where Dell was sporting fingerless gloves (as well as the forthcoming Dell Mini 5). We've already seen the Android-powered Mini 5 and got to play with it a bit, so there's not too much to get excited about in this clip. But it does present us with some small pleasures. One of them being Dell's suggestion that the Mini 5 will be coming to the States in a matter of months. The other is how awkward things get when the interviewer asks what processor is inside the Mini 5. The video cuts off pretty abruptly at the end, so further awkwardness is left to the viewer's imagination. I'm cringing just thinking about it. [CrunchGear]
If you thought Adam Frucci was hard on the iPad, wait until you see how Hitler responded to Apple's newest creation. As usual, the Fuhrer's expectations were exceedingly high and his disappointment proved inevitable. Okay, okay, there have been hundreds of these—the director of the original film himself, who finds them "hilarious," estimates he's seen 145 of them—but there is something about seeing one of modern history's greatest villains reacting to one of history's most anticipated gadgets in one of the internet's greatest meme's that just feels so right. [YouTube]
Apple MacBook Air Laptop
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Sight For Sore Eyes
If you've ever wondered what a homemade array of nearly 200 florescent tubes totalling over 10,000 watts looks like, here's your answer: terribly, blindingly bright. Its German creators claim this Arduino-running monstrosity is part of a giant scrolling text installation that is going up in Berlin tomorrow, but I fear there's some more nefarious purpose for this awful creation. [Hack A Day]
Back In The U.S.S.R.
The richest man in all of Russia, Mikhail Prokhorov, has big plans. For one thing, he's trying to buy the New Jersey Nets. For another, he's developing a new high-tech city car, a venture detailed by the image you see to the left. The automobile will be built by Yarovit Motors, looks like a giant loaf of bread, involves iPhones, and will apparently be driven by the creepy robots from iRobot. Prokhorov hopes to sell the car for just $12,500, but something about the weird Tomorrowland aesthetic of that picture makes it hard for me to believe that this project will get off the ground. Or on the ground, as the case may be. [Luxist]