Friday, November 20, 2009

Ready, Set, Tam!

There is something about technology that makes people think more of "boring", "geeky" and "gadgety" - all related to function, than "desire" and "allure", which are of course linked to beauty. When we come across the latest tech product, whether it's an MP3 player, sound system or even a computer,  the word "sexy" hardly crosses our minds, yet we expect the product to take us to new heights of enjoyment, at least through its performance. It looks like things have changed. 

Vivienne Tam, one of the brightest designers of our times has teamed up with HP to bring what I'd call the sexiest and coolest tech product that has shown up since the computer was born. Fusing her distinct feminine, offbeat and refined style with HP's innovation and vision, the result is the Peonis HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam , a highly portable "mini" personal computer that is a delight to behold. Using elements from her Spring Summer 2009 collection, including the print motifs found in her pret à porter pieces, the  result of the first laptop is a real proof that style and tech can equal "chic and cool".

The technicalities don't disappoint either. Weighing just 1kg with a 10" screen and 10.3 x 1 x 6.6 inches  in dimension, the mini pc holds like a clutch and can easily slide into a handbag. Its lacquered coating makes it scratch free and its rounded shape gives it an air of well, "airness". Its 1024MB memory, 60GB hard drive, and 1.6GHz processor means that its size hasn't undermined its performance.

The second edition is inspired by Tam's 2010 Spring Summer collection and reflects the breezy and floaty spirit of the pieces, using a bold orange butterfly to tease and entice.

Who says technology should be boring? As discussed in Chapter 8 of Luxury Online, there are multiple ways of fusing the wonderful opportunities of technology with the allure of luxury and fashion. But it takes vision and committment to make it work. Go Viv!

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