Modder Stephen Popa must not like the way computers are evolving, what with the tendency for slimness and portability taking us further and further away from that boxy ideal of gaming goodness we’ve all come to love: the PC case.
With ID Software recently declaring the iPad fit for gaming, there isn’t much a PC can do that a puny tablet won’t soon be able to match. In comes Stephen Popa, taking the PC case for a literal ride out of the gaming den and into the streets.
This isn’t just portability, it’s portability with horsepower – admittedly, not a lot of horsepower. But despite the lack of road muscle, Stephen’s Scooterputer has a look that falls right between geeky and gorgeous, so while it may not be burning rubber, at least not with the angry appetite of some of the comic-book motorbikes it’s reminiscent of, its aura suggests an 80’s cool that’s more Spielberg and George Lucas than Ghost Rider. And that’s just fine with us.
Inside the Thermaltake Element V case you’ll find an Intel i7 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a GTS 250 graphics card, dual layer DVD burner and a storage array that features a three HDD raid and USB 3.0 capability. Also along for the ride are Thermaltake’s TR2 1200 Watt power supply and their Big water 850I kit. All this on a 24v rechargeable electric scooter, whose wheels would probably fit inside the case 30 times over.
Not very balanced, but you’re probably not supposed to actually ride it. Although you can, as the video shows, and if you were crazy enough to add a good-sized monitor to the rig, it would be, by far, the most powerful and advanced portable computer system for civilian use ever devised. Beats an iPhone mounted on a bicycle any day of the week, at least until Apple comes up with a holographic display.
Scooterputer is also kind of a zombie, made with parts scavenged from various other scooters and fitted together somewhat harmoniously. It has variable speed throttle, a front light, a brake light, park lamps and a LED ground effect – in fact, the whole thing is mostly lights, as would befit its casemodding origins.