Think translucent

Does Steve Jobs know what he has unleashed? Suddenly, see-through plastic is the rage.


Janelle Brown
November 1, 1999 10:00PM (UTC)

Whether you're a fan of the translucent colors of the new
iMacs and iBooks or not, you've got to give credit to the product designers
at Apple for inspiring a new design craze. Judging by the sheer
number of iMac-inspired products, fabricators around the world are
probably experiencing a shortage of translucent plastic.

Honda, for example, is currently promoting its latest scooter design at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. These prototypes -- white, with orange, pink or blue translucent plastic on the body and wheel wells -- were directly inspired by the iMac, according to one Japanese news service. They "wouldn't have been made without the iMac models," one Honda engineer told AsiaBizTech.

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But you don't have to look to Japan for iMac knock-offs. L'anza, the
luxe hair-product line, recently introduced a new
package
for its hair gel: a round white case, with translucent
plastic accents in six different colors -- an oversized replica of that famous (and infamous) round iMac mouse.

If you shop diligently enough, you could probably outfit your entire lifestyle with fruity-colored translucent plastic accessories -- though probably only the most die-hard iMac fans will want to attempt this. There's the
iWatch,
designed by RedLightRunner, which for $50 tells you the
time in a choice of five fruit-flavored, and appropriately translucent,
colors. And, of course, you may already be one of the select few
to own the limited-edited Volkswagen iBeetle, which were given
away in a promotion last year.

But perhaps the best iMac rip-off of all has yet to be manufactured,
though it's already been conceived and designed: the iBrator.


Janelle Brown

Janelle Brown is a contributing writer for Salon.

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