News: USA – Students take apart a lap top in 2 minutes
A group of students at Stanford University have been aiming to solve the problem of recycling electronics by developing a laptop that they believe will facilitate easier recycling of the machine's parts.
Thursday, 25th November 2010
The Bloom laptop, as it is called, can be disassembled in a couple of minutes without using a single tool and in just 10 steps, compared to a commercially available laptop which takes about 45 minutes and requires three separate tools and as many as 120 steps. The project won the students the Autodesk's Inventor of the Month award for October. AutoDesk reports that in 2005, 1.9 to 2.2 million tons of electronics became obsolete and only 345,000 to 379,000 tons were recycled. By creating a laptop of modular design, the team was able to incorporate another impressive feature, by making the already-removable keyboard and mouse wireless for improved ergonomics.