Industrial design student creates cardboard computer
on Tuesday,September 29,2009 16:09
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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