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Photos: LovePC warms the heart

In his spare time, database consultant Dean Liou makes concept PCs shaped like guitars, hearts and toilets.
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LovePC

Dean Liou, a database and computer network consultant by day, designs PC concept cases in his spare time. His LovePC, shown here, has a built-in LCD surrounded by a leopard print. Lights are hard-wired to blink with hard-drive activity.

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LovePC

A shot of the LovePC in the dark. With Valentine's Day coming up, some might say purple neon can be romantic.

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DashboardPC lit up

For his DashboardPC, Liou built a car dashboard into a computer case. The gauges glow with electro-luminescent lighting.

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DashboardPC

The computer shows RAM, CPU and hard-drive usage in real time.

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Gauges from Honda

The gauges for the DashboardPC were taken from a Honda Civic.

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GingerbreadPC

Liou built this computer inside of a gingerbread house using 100 percent nonperishable materials.

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Walls

The walls of the GingerbreadPC are made with hardboard; the icing was made with weather-stripping caulk.

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GuitarPC

Liou modifed a real guitar to fit a complete computer, including a DVD burner and built-in speakers.

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GuitarPC

The GuitarPC's power button and CD-ROM eject button are both remote-controlled with a keychain remote. The DVD tray ejects from the side of the guitar, where a spring-loaded hidden door is placed.

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Guitar closeup

The GuitarPC features a windowed CD-ROM mod with a stealth door, built-in speakers and blue accent lighting.

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ToiletPC

The flusher on Liou's ToiletPC is hard-wired to the computer. Flush to power on; jiggle the handle some more to shut down. For the top of the PC, Liou downloaded a biohazard logo, traced it onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out with an Xacto knife to make a stencil.

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