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A Bug in the Works

Insectoid themed electronics
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Why not add a little frivoloity to the hobby? Resistors that look like colour coded beetles. Transistors like ladybugs and flies. ICs and microprocessors like cockroaches, spiders and millipedes.
Detly, Apr 13 2004

Heat Sinks. http://www.acksuppl...atalog/heatshrk.pdf
See bottom of page. Some of these look like dead bugs. [Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       Circuit bored?
FarmerJohn, Apr 14 2004

       The problem is - companies don't care about how the parts on a board look, they just want it to work for the cheapest price possible. Adding one more fraction of a cent to the price of a part can add many thousands of dollars in production costs. And seeing as though people buy circuitry based on functionality, I don't see why anybody would want to spend more money for something that looks interesting.   

       Not a bad idea in an ideal world, I'll give you that. But economically, I don't think it's really that feasible.
ee_moss, Apr 14 2004

       It's purely a novelty for hobbyists; not intended for companies. Instead of sealing it all up in a plastic box, have it all out on display.
Detly, Apr 14 2004

       A similar thing is happening with valve amplifiers (not beetles, but all on display)
Ling, Apr 14 2004

       Yea I suppose it sounds er .. ok.   

       Why not make the walls in your house more interesting by painting little bugs on them?   

       Sounds good -- but no-one does it!
britboy, Apr 14 2004

       Dude -- that's not the phone, that's a roach trap.
dpsyplc, Apr 14 2004

       I love it, but I could only see it happening as a consequence of a marketplace where price and features shifts had bottomed out and there was no other way to have your product be cooler than the other guys product.   

       That said, if all else was equal and reliability was not an issue, I'd pay extra to own units of technology built like this.
normzone, Apr 14 2004

       Fishbone because I'm scared of whats inside stranger's computers as it is ... ever experience a REAL cockroach infestation from someone's computer? <shudders>
Letsbuildafort, Apr 14 2004

       I see a big market among people who cut windows into their computer cases so they can see the fans glow.   

       Comparing resistors to beetles seems a little odd to me. Resistors should be caterpillars.
kbecker, Apr 14 2004

       [kbecker] It’s the memory chips that are caterpillars.
ldischler, Apr 15 2004

       Woodlice! Back in the old days, televisions were full of hulking armadillos and glowing mushrooms. Now it’s just these bugs. All these goddam black bugs.
ldischler, Apr 15 2004

       See my "spider chip" hb idea. 8 legs with two LED eyes.
Ling, Apr 15 2004

       What you want is something practical -- heat sinks [link]. Manufacture them in various styles and colors. Sell them as little bug outfits to dress up your semiconductors.
Amos Kito, Apr 15 2004

       Two large and six smaller? Also 4, 5 or 6 total, or zero eyes for mites.
FarmerJohn, Apr 15 2004

       I would paint little bugs on my walls but they keep moving. I remember hearing that all semiconductors glow to some degree. How cool would it be if that were true and the epoxy encapsulated chips were clear?
Spare parts, Jun 22 2004

       Neato. +
sartep, Jul 07 2004


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