You never really know what you're going to get when peering through entries in Microsoft's Next-Gen PC Design Competition
, and the above pictured device is definitely evidence of that. The AlphaGrip Handheld Computer (or AlphaGrip HC, for short), boasts full-size rocker keys on the front along with a flip-up display and a keypad made specifically for thumb-typing. There's also a trackball for mousing about and a slew of buttons to handle "sophisticated PC games" while standing on a crowded subway. Still, we can't help but notice just how much this thing reminds us of our days tinkering with the defunct-from-birth Atari Jaguar
, and we also can't imagine anyone with a shred of dignity ever pulling this abomination out in public. Kudos for imagination, though.