Most laptops allow you to easily upgrade the RAM or replace the battery. But if you want to upgrade the hard drive, change the wireless card, or make other under the hood changes, you’ll probably need to grab a screwdriver and use it to puncture holes in your warranty (oh yeah, and then undo the screws holding the laptop together).
The folks behind the Bloom laptop concept design have a different vision. The laptop can be taken apart in just 10 steps, with no tools. It’s supposed to take under two minutes.
This is possible because the case is all made of one material, while the electronics including the display, circuit board, and other components are slotted inside. The Bloom laptop has a modular design, including a wireless keyboard and mouse that you can either use in laptop mode, or which you can remove to use on your lap.
A group of students at Stanford University developed the design, and there’s no word on whether it’ll ever turn into a real product. But it’s designed to make it easier to recycle laptops because the case materials and electronics materials can be separated in a matter of seconds. It should also make upgrading components much, much easier.
- single material case
- easily removed
- case = recycled material
- separate from hardware (electronic… circuitboard, etc)
- electronics make it tough to recycle… issue is that they’re mised together
- modular – wireless keyboard/mouse