Intel showed off the lighter side of PC design at its booth at this year’s Computex, a computing hardware exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan.

The processor maker’s displays featured whimsical Pentium 4-based PC designs, ranging from one that looks like a potted plant, one in the shape of a cow, and one designed to look like books set atop a desk.

The potted-plant PC, built by Hsu Yu-nong, hides components like the motherboard in the plant’s pot, with a squeezable lighted berry functioning as the power switch. The book PC, designed by Tsai Syh, resembles books and other desktop items, such as a family photo. A stapler hides the PC’s power button and a toy car is activated to let users know that the computer is running.

Meanwhile, users of the ‘cowputer’ can insert CDs into the cow’s posterior – the mechanism is operated by suction. “The poor animal is in agony as the sucked-in CD causes constipation,” a sign next to the display explained. No information was available on how to remove the CD.

– with files from IT World Canada Staff