Built by David Glicksman, the "Device Patented Process Indicating Apparatus" is a stately ambient display that can be configured to represent almost any PC data, from security threat levels to real-time stock prices to keystrokes per minute to weather fluctuations. The analog dials can be controlled independently and the test tube is filled with Agar-based gel that glows at five present intensities. The red light on top can be programmed to flash "in extreme circumstances." It will apparently be available for sale "soon."
From The Device description:
• Made of fine, handcrafted cherry wood, with a brass inlay and a lacquered finish.Link (via MAKE: Blog)
• Measures 14" wide, 8" tall, and 6" deep.
• Green felt on the base protects The Device and your desk from each other.
• A 3' cloth sheathed USB cable provides PC connectivity.
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.