Students from Stanford and Finland's Aalto University have developed a prototype laptop that can be disassembled in less than three minutes without the use of any tools. Once it's taken apart, the laptop's materials can easily be recycled. SmartPlanet talks to the inventors about their design concept and gets a hands-on demo of the process.
Fighting e-waste with recyclable laptops
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Students from Stanford and Finland's Aalto University have developed a prototype laptop that can be disassembled in less than three minutes without t...
Feb 14, 2011
Recyclable laptops are the first step for fighting e-waste. People must be made aware of the problems e-waste is causing to our environment. Instead of getting a new device every time you face a problem, you can get it fixed by a computer repair and services provider; this will save you a great deal of money.
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Technology rapidly releases newer models of mobile phones, computers and other kinds of electronic gadgets these days that it is pretty difficult to determine what to do with our old ones. I read an article regarding e-waste and this might also interest others at: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/02/02/1526870/dont-send-your-e-waste-to-the.html#storylink=mirelated We all need to be aware of the consequences if we do not try to conserve our natural resources. Old cell phones, microchips and hard drives are noe being shredded aside from paper documents - so that they can be rendered useful once more.
Old batteries that are just thrown into the trash or landfills may leak and contaminate the ground. When we decide to dispose our old cell phone or computer hard drives, let us do it the right way. Thankfully, there are facilities which specialize in recycling e-wastes. http://www.sanantonioshredding.com Do not just keep your old electronic gadgets when you no longer need them. E-wastes are piling up and we need to dress this concern right away. We have to be responsible in properly disposing them by bringing our old hard drives or cell phone to recycling or shredding facilities.
if you want to look at a laptop that is easy to open, fix and recycle, look at the OLPC xo-1.5. It is designed to be fixed by an 8 yr old with a basic philips screwdriver. And it even has extra screws in the case. http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Disassembly (ps. I have having a million useless logins --- use OpenID)
Wow, excellent. Love the removable keyboard. Love the no-tools concept. Love all of it. Very smart design. I can see why existing companies are reluctant to pick up the concept. It would affect sales of new units. This concept would enable a laptop owner to replace only the modules as needed, ie broken screen, HD, keyboard, and keep the rest of the unit vs replacing all of it. Just a matter of time. I love the potential of intact modules creating a fully usable units, ie for kids, donations and the like.
Great idea, Although it is highly doubtful that manufacturers, especially ones that are using patented screws to hold their laptops together so the user cannot get into them *cough*Apple*cough*, will want something like this where a user can upgrade the parts instead of having to buy a new laptop.
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A great idea! In recent years most desktop pc's have been rebuild-able because of general standards that allow one to replace most components. Or completely gut the case and rebuild an up to date pc. But, this has been lacking in laptops. In laptops, most components are not only brand specific, but also case model number specific. If each retail brand would at least offer a optional product line of an universal standard and fastener free hardware as presented in this video, I would be the first in line for this green technology. Not only for for the green technology, but for the investment savings. My current laptop is high end, retailing around $2500.00 . I upgrade or replace my computer(s) every two to three years. This green technology would allow me to simply replace components or gut the case and rebuild instead. The old components could then be sold or responsibly disposed of . As a result I would much more comfortable dropping $2500 to $3500 for future purchases of high performance technology. This would also allow one to start out a with lower tech laptop and then upgrade their initial investment to higher tech (performance) laptop at a later time.
This is amazing. This will avoid dumping of e-waste in developing countries, causing desease among the people living, Really an innovative n great idea. Congratulations Young Man.
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This is a great idea. I like building desktops and upgrading them. I always wanted to be able to do the same thing with laptops. If you want a faster processor and motherboard. Just buy it and upgrade your laptop. I think there will be some resistance from the mainstream manufacturers since they get to charge higher prices for their proprietary designs. They also encourage people to upgrade by making their products too expensive to repair. But the landfill problem is getting too big to ignore. This could be another HP or Apple company in a few years. Let me know if your ready for seed money. I want to be able to get rich on the IPO. :Rich
This idea should have been implemented with the first pc desktop ever made , Home pcs need to follow this lead of making it easier to recycle also. I can`t believe it took students to think of this. That laptop needs more compartments to house all the different pc cards people use but i`m sure this is a small technicality. To the students --Way to go, nice achievement. Keep up the good work and keep saving the planet for the rest of us.