In the latest project rolled out by German technology firm CURVED/labs, a refurbished MacBook Air morphs into a modernized version of Apple's first desktop computers, the Macintosh 128k and the “Lisa.” The hybrid design was birthed to commemorate more than 30 years of Apple innovation and to critique a perceived deviation from the company's roots. “When building new technology, Apple often unfortunately neglected their own design history,” the creators wrote on their site. “For us, [this was] a reason to go back to the future for a tribute to the first Apple computer.”
In the “Mac 2015” model, Lisa's original boxy appearance melds with the slim profile characteristic of modern Apple computers. Don't let the throwback theme fool you: This computer is fully equipped to handle the world of 2015. In place of the Macintosh 128's floppy disc drive beneath the screen, CURVED/labs inserted an SD card reader, a FaceTime camera, speakers and a microphone. The square, 11-inch screen can be navigated with keyboard commands, a mouse or the built-in touch screen. Although these fun prototypes were made in three colors, they are not currently for sale.