[Dana Sibera] Creates Devices That Don’t Exist

A small widescreen laptop repeating the ThinkPad style. It looks cute; sadly, it does not exist.

[Dana Sibera], known as [@NanoRaptor] on Twitter, makes us wonder about devices that could have been, and wince about devices that must never see the light of day – summoned into existence by her respectable photo editing and 3D modeling skills. Ever wanted to see a Model M with a small green-tinted CRT built into its side? Now you have. Perhaps, a “self-tapping” DE-9 plug with wood screws for pins? Tough luck, here it is anyway, but you can have a palate cleanser if it was too much to bear. Having started over a year ago with the classic “spicy pillows, but actually pillows” design, she keeps gracing us with portrayals of tech and tech-adjacent objects straight from the depths of her imagination.

None of the things she shows exist in real life, some regretfully and some thankfully so, but that’s not the first thing on your mind when you stumble upon a cube-shaped iPod with a built-in equalizer in your Twitter feed. Pictures like this “cassette ROM” or the deluxe woodgrain 386DX are quite apparent in what they are. On the other hand, devices like this “Mini VGA” dongle or the amber CRT-adorned TI92 Plus might have you reach for your wallet before you realize what’s up, and the photographic-proof-accompanied assertion about early floppy drives being punchcard-based might have you believe you are just not up to date on your retrocomputing trivia.

Older hardware is known to be more expressive and experimental, and [Dana]’s designs take full advantage of that – from an SGI Indy with its diagonal cut through the case now paired with a matching monitor, to an L-display Powerbook. New hardware doesn’t get a pass either – here’s the latest iPod Nano with a clickwheel, a logical conclusion that Apple never reached, and a motherboard with a dozen USB-C inputs in place of an ATX power connector.

Some designs will be nostalgia-inducing, some will be intimidating, and [Dana] keeps bringing new surprises into our feed on the regular. Prolific artists are a joy to observe – last time, we covered Pepper’s Ghost experiments of [Joshua Ellingson], and he keeps experimenting to this day.

43 thoughts on “[Dana Sibera] Creates Devices That Don’t Exist

    1. Call me cynical, but I have a suspicion that only reason he owns it is to institute an autodelete policy so he can mouth off without said mouthing being later brought up in court by the SEC.

  1. On the gameboy VIM cart, there is actually an unreleased add-on for the gameboy called the “workboy”, which is a keyboard attached to the gameboy link port. The protocol has been reverse engineered (from the ROM, actual hardware is rare, only 1 known in existence) so VIM for the gameboy could be made in theory…

  2. IBM may not have made a wide little laptop like that, but I remember seeing an NEC branded one (running WinCE) in the early 00’s. It was the cutest little thing. This was before touchpads really became an expected part of the landscape (IBM was still pushing they little J-stick), so it was resonable to have a wide keyboard aspect ratio screen.

  3. I’m already thinking of how to build a cyberdeck style machine using one of those weird WAVESHARE 7.9inch screens plus some compact thinkpad keyboard to look like that

  4. I like it. It’s in the same whimsical vein as the BYTE magazine covers of Robert Tinney.
    Whimsical photo real fusions of technology with delightful contexts from the fantastic to mundane.

    Funny that Tinney was drawing high technology at the time but this artist is drawing retro technology and arriving at a similar vibe.

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