My name is Matthew Kim, and I should first tell you a bit about my background. I'm an architect by training, and I also have experience as a racecar designer and engineer. When it was time for me to buy a new computer, I was really surprised to see that PC cases had changed very little in the last 20 years. I mean, apart from a few models, they were all rectangular boxes, having the same tired internal layout with endlessly uncreative cosmetic variations.
So I decided to design and build something special on my own, combining my experience as an architect and engineer. I wanted to design something that would change the way people think about computers - a technological jewel, rather than an ordinary box, destined for a life of dusty obscurity. I wanted people to look at it and ask "ooh, what is that?" with a curious smile.
About the Hammerhead HMR989 series PC's
The DARWINmachine Hammerhead is a statement in elegant simplicity. This minimalistic machine is meant to be viewed from all angles, and as such, the back panel is oriented to the ground. The cables can then be tied together to exit the computer in a single, neat ponytail, avoiding the usual clutter that ensues behind a conventional PC. The translucent cowling subtly reveals the aluminum structure underneath, hinting at its mechanical anatomy. Easily modifiable and quickly adjustable like a racecar, the components are attached to a true frame, rather than a box. This makes all the parts individually accessible. The power supply is removable by undoing just 2 nuts, The front loading hard drives can be changed out like magazines, The RAM and CPU can be upgraded by removing the quick-release panel, and so on. They are all directly attached to the central aluminum plate, which acts as a giant heatsink. Combined with the exposed design, the Hammerhead runs very cool and silent, without the need for additional case fans. Because the Hammerhead is made out of aluminum, it is very durable and much lighter than a normal PC - under 20lbs as opposed to 30+ lbs for a similar rig. It is intended to outlast its internal components, and as long as the user is happy with the design, the Hammerhead could be continuously upgraded with newer and newer components, "assimilating" new technologies like, say, a Borg drone.
At the moment, I'm building the machines one by one, so I will have them available for purchase online as they are built. Each Hammerhead will be custom, "one-off" machines, so they will vary in finish and color.