A few weeks ago, I placed an order on cartoonist Adam Koford‘s simian-dominated HOBOTOPIA for a gadget-loving pocketables monkey. I had been toying with the idea of a fun little art series themed around the site for a while and thought Adam’s work would be a great way to get it off the ground.
His style and creativity appealed to me immediately, so it was with absolutely no hesitation that I asked for my monkey. I requested that it be based on this site and that it include a Sony Vaio UX180P and some other gadgets. And as you can see (bigger version below), this isn’t quite what I got. It certainly wasn’t what I expected, anyway.
I’ve been studying it for a few days now and, actually, the more I look at it, the more I see a very nice endorsement for UMPCs and other handtops.
Have a closer look.
So how does a smiling monkey lounging comfortably on a canopied hammock while placing an order for a truckload of bananas exemplify the joys of UMPC ownership?
A number of ways, really. The UMPC:
- Frees the monkey from the confines of his office, not to mention his suit and tie. I mean, just look at him: lounging naked in the jungle, while still getting some work done.
- Keeps the monkey connected. Since it appears that he is still typing on the device’s handy thumboard as the delivery truck is driving up the hill, he’s clearly taking advantage of blazing-fast 3G wireless connectivity. That means it’s not an EDGE-enabled UX Micro PC but more likely an OQO Model 02 with integrated EV-DO between his hands.
- Is lightweight, portable, and versatile. As quickly as the monkey can use it while on his back to take care of business, he can flip over onto his belly or jump off the hammock and walk toward the delivery truck while having some fun (playing games, watching movies, listening to music).
Want a monkey of your own? Order one from Adam for just $20.
I have a handful of artists who have either willingly jumped or been gently nudged (or prodded) on board, so stay tuned for future installments in the “pocketables artwork” series. If you’d like to submit an original piece of gadget-related artwork to be featured on this site, please email me.