Recompute: A Cardboard PC
by David Masters
February 4, 2009
A computer made with cardboard casing is set to be unveiled at the Greener Gadgets Conference later this year.
Recompute, designed by Brenden Macaluso, is a fully sustainable desktop computer.
It uses fully recycled materials – including the cardboard outer case – that are easily disassembled at the end of its life to be recycled again.
Manufacturing the Recompute is a four stage low impact process: die cutting, non-toxic gluing, printing, and electronic assembly.
Only three major electronic components are used: a motherboard with processor and memory, power supply, and a-hard drive.
Standard computers can go through hundreds of stages in manufacturing and be built from dozens of individual components, Macaluso said.
Also at Greener Gadgets will be an eco-friendly printer that uses coffee and/or tea dregs in place of ink.
The RIKI printer is manually operated, so it needs no electricity.
Other gadgets on show will include the Harddrive: a USB drive encased in concrete to stop its chemicals leaking into landfill after disposal.
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