Although large flatscreen TVs are great for movies and sports, the way they dominate whatever room they're in can be a little disheartening. And if your aim is actually watching television they're becoming more and more besides the point. That's because current TV shows are increasingly available online--authorized versions at iTunes and Google Video and unauthorized at BitTorrent.
While we all wait for the television and the computer monitor to merge into one inconspicuous device that integrates seamlessly into our homes, the $40 iCurve, a lightweight laptop pedestal designed by Griffin, can help eliminate additional (or even any) televisions in your home, by turning a laptop computer into an impromptu portable flatscreen television. The iCurve was designed to make a laptop more viable for desktop use by raising monitors to eye level, but it also broadens sight lines so that more than one person can view the screen at a time. The iCurve almost seems to disappear in a room due to its lucite construction, making your laptop appear to float. And it's relatively small size means it can literally disappear under a desk or bed when not in use. pic via David M. Gallagher. Available here.