John Calhoun is a former Apple engineer who has fond memories of his first Apple Macintosh and so he decided to DIY a Macintosh – with a twist – after retiring from Apple.
John’s “Macintosh” is what a Mac would look like in an alternate dimension if it were futuristic like in The Jetsons. Instead of a blocky machine. John’s “Mac” is paper-thin. OK. Maybe not one piece of paper but a number of pieces because it was literally made out of a piece of a 3 mm thick acrylic sheet.
It is a retro-futuristic take on the original Mac, complete with a monochrome display – courtesy of a 5.83-inch e-ink screen. However, Calhoun’s “Mac” is not actually a full-fledged.
This “Mac”, named SystemSix, is an emulator that does a fixed set of tasks. It is able to display the calendar events and the weather forecast, presenting them in a nostalgic vintage Mac UI.
The software is written in Python and the hardware is the aforementioned e-ink display and a Raspberry Pi 3 mini PC which is mounted at the rear, on the “Mac”’s stand.
All told, John spent around US$100 to put this super cool and functional Macintosh homage.
via Yanko Design.