Toshiba's Color Changing Laptop is a Cool Idea

Paul Lilly

Some chameleons can change their skin color, both for social signaling and for camouflage. At least one species -- Namaqua Chameleon -- also uses this trick for thermoregulation (it changes to black in the cool morning hours to absorb heat and a light gray in the daytime to reflect light). Toshiba's 15.6-inch Dynabook Qosmio T750 has a lid that changes color because the developers thought it was an awesome idea, and we tend to agree.

The lid isn't made of metal, but plastic with a special coating Toshiba says employs nano-technology, reports . Using several polyester laminate films, Toshiba is able to give the T750's lid a metallic look without actually using any metal, and that's great for Mother Nature, Toshiba boasts. As you change vantage points, the lid goes from green to blue, with a little bit of purple thrown in for good measure.

Underneath the chameleon-esque lid sits an Intel Core i5 480M processor clocked at 2.66GHz, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 750GB hard drive, Harman Kardon speakers, 802.11n Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB 2.0, and eSATA. No word on when Toshiba plans to ship this one stateside or for how much.

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