Yes! It's the cardboard PC!
2 x 4 option coming soon...
Green is the new black, or so it seems. So an enterprising designer’s inked plans to build a desktop PC that does away with the traditional metal and plastic exterior, in favour of… er… cardboard.
Recompute: sports a cardboard body
The Recompute PC would – if it ever makes it to the shops – have a body constructed from 12 cardboard panels, each stuck together using non-toxic adhesive.
Designer Brenden Macaluso said the corrugated cardboard – and a dedicated internal venting chamber - would help cool down the PC. And hopefully not warm up the cardboard too much...
World's first flat-pack PC?
In terms of hardware, Recompute would sport a 2.5in hard drive, four USB ports, a micro ATX motherboard and all the usual PC components.
When the PC reaches the end of its life - or after the cardboard’s fallen apart - the outer body can be recycled and replaced. The lack of clips or screws means the PC’s internal components can also be easily dismantled – at least according to Macaluso.
Corrugated cardboard would help vent heat from the PC's innards, it's claimed
The cardboard box that Recompute would no doubt be shipped in could also come in handy for chucking spare cables, mice and CD cases into… ®
I hope they also use liquid cooling ... using petrol.
Gimicky and counter-productive.
It looks kinda cool but cardboard will do more harm than good. It's a protective shell for damagable parts that aren't so easily recycled.
Cases are easily re-used, and they aren't subject to the usual rules of obsolescence. I ditched my 1st ATX case at the end of 2007, it had been in service since 1997 and I've plenty more machines running in cases of a similar age. The one I'm working at right now is a 1998 model. With the exception of monitors I don't think there's another area of kit that stands the test of time so well.
IMO cases would be better improved with easier access and replacability of the power switch and any front panel controls as they're about the only parts that ever get damaged beyond simple repair.
Interesting concept but the thing that really made me wet myself was Eddie Edwards comment at the top about marker pens. So true!!!
Can't see this catching on at Dell, but a good idea.
@fire risk people
cardboard is good up to 233 degrees C (not counting any safety margins), people build solar ovens out of the stuff (not to mention packaging designed to cook food in)
naked flames are a lot hotter than this, so yeah, it can burn quite well, so no candles.
but if youve got anything on, near or in your computer that is likely to hit those temps (like say, the rest of your house being on fire, or phisically placing the box on top of the heating element of a space heater), you've probably got other things on your mind...