dcsimg

Industrial design student creates cardboard computer

on Tuesday,September 29,2009 16:09

Green+Dumpster_2144_19384447_0_0_7041184_300.jpg

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.
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            Industrial Design (BS)
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
            • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
            • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
            • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
            • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Web Design & Development
            • Named a Best for Vets school by the Military Times in 2014.
            • Has specialized in student-centered technology, business, criminal justice, health science, and culinary education for over 45 years.
            • Makes it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years by providing a year-round schedule.
            • Offers externships and clinical experience that help students prepare for life after they graduate.
            • Has 10 campuses across the mid-Atlantic, plus online degree programs.
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
            • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
            • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
            • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Visual Design (Part Time)
            General Assembly , Santa Monica

            General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love.

            Show more [+]
            Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
            • Push Your Creativity To The Next Level.
            • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
            • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
            • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
            • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses

            Latest Articles & News

            Kanye West to perform during Paris Fashion Week
            It is no secret to many that music artist Kanye West is no stranger to fashion, and now he will be showing his new collection during Paris Fashion Week later this week, according to the Elle Magazine.

            Second designer chosen for home decor competition
            Teenlike.com, an ongoing online competition for young home decor designers, announced its second winner. Brandon Dover of Apply Valley, California, was this year's winner, as he created an abstract pen and inkwork design for a bedspread.