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Industrial design student creates cardboard computer

on Tuesday,September 29,2009 16:09

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A graduate student at the University of Houston may have created one of the world''s cheapest and greenest computers of all time – one made out of cardboard.

Benden Macaluso''s hope was to create a product with a design that was sustainable through all portions of its shelf life.

"I wanted to address three things: How do we manufacture things, how do we use them and how do we ultimately dispose of it?" says Macaluso.

The corrugation of the cardboard combined with a small onboard fan prevents overheating, the mother board and power source are separated to keep them from affecting one another, and the "Re-compute" as it''s called has a unique assembly system which uses no fasteners or screws, making recycling simpler when it''s owner inevitably moves on to a newer computer.

With the Associated Press reporting that the country produces 2.25 million tons of wasted computer, cell phone and TVs each year - only 18 percent of which is actually recycled - this green solution to a seemingly under-reported problem may just be a godsend.
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