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| [MACWORLD Expo/TOKYO] Peripherals Bloom in iMac Colors
February 24, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Personal computer peripherals with a semi-transparent
appearance similar to the iMac colors were eye-catchers at MACWORLD
|The three-day show held in Makuhari Messe, Chiba prefecture,
near Tokyo ended on Feb. 20.
Uchishiba Seisakusho Inc. for example, exhibited its Carbon iMac in black
(left photo). It will provide coating services on iMacs brought by users.
The service is to cover the sides, the apple mark, and a mouse of an
iMac with carbon material. Because the material is carbon fiber, it
shows a lattice pattern.
The coating is done by handcrafted work and it usually takes 10 days
for the whole process. It costs 100,000 yen (US$820). The company
will launch the service soon.
Yano Electric Co., Ltd. introduced the five color variations for its
USB-compliant magneto optical (MO) drive, FDD, PC card drive and SmartMedia
drive. (right photo) The production is expected to start at the end
of March 1999.
Yano introduced a package of MO media in five iMac colors.
Alps Electric Co., Ltd. displayed its Micro Dry printer MD-5000
in five colors. According to Alps' staff, it launched a new model in
bondi blue in December 1998 with a limited sales period, and it received
twice as many orders as it initially expected. The company expedited
production, which hardly caught up with demand.
Hewlett-Packard Japan, Ltd. and Oki Data Corp. also exhibited their printers
in five colors.
Niigata-based Niigata Canotec introduced flat speakers in iMac five colors
Most of those colorful peripherals are prototypes. Many manufacturers
expressed a wait-and-see attitude as they examine consumers' reactions
at the exhibition before deciding on actual production.
Many women visitors reacted positively to the colorful products.
There will be a time when users select peripherals by color.
Alps, HP Japan Showcase Printers in Five Colors
Color Is Important Factor for Consumer Market:
Apple iMac PC Colors Vary Greatly in Popularity
Show Popular Among Women
(BizTech News Dept. & Nikkei
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