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A Computer That Can Be Taken Apart in 2 Minutes

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 40 comments

If a poor workman always blames his tools, does a great workman require no tools at all?

Anyone who's ever tried to recycle a laptop or other electronics knows that it's a lot more effort than rinsing out your beer bottles before taking them down to the bottle depot. Aiming to solve this problem, a group of students at Stanford have developed a laptop they believe will facilitate easier-than-ever recycling of the machine's parts.

Dubbed the Bloom laptop, the machine comes apart without the use of any tools. That's right, while the folks at iFixit and other teardown enthusiasts are busy acquiring 'spudgers' and special screwdrivers that will enable them to dissect the latest electronics, owners of the Bloom laptop wouldn't need a single tool to take apart the laptop. In fact, they could disassemble the machine in a couple of minutes.

The project was enough to net the students Autodesk's has 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. The Bloom laptop can be disassembled in just two minutes, without tools and in just 10 steps. By comparison, a commercially available laptop takes about 45 minutes to disassemble, requires three different tools and can involve as many as 120 steps.

While the main purpose of the project is impressive enough, the modular nature of the laptop allowed the team to incorporate another cool feature: They made the already-removable keyboard and mouse wireless for improved ergonomics.

Check out the video below to see how the whole thing works.

Stanford Students Design Recyclable Laptop with Autodesk Inventor Software

Autodesk via Core77 via Gizmodo

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    micr0be , November 6, 2010 4:41 PM
    very nice idea... has major potential
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    micr0be , November 6, 2010 4:41 PM
    very nice idea... has major potential
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    Parsian , November 6, 2010 4:45 PM
    Hopefully this promotes people to start seeing the under-hood and appreciate the technicality and beauty of these machines.

    But then again, a lot of people just buy apple to have the least encounter with these things.
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    bhaberle , November 6, 2010 4:57 PM
    It is a great idea but it may not be widely used because it might change the look of many laptops that hold visual design to a high standard.
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    nforce4max , November 6, 2010 5:08 PM
    Opening a bottle of aspirin has more steps than that these day. They better not look at my main and secondary rig or my ibook.
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    waethorn , November 6, 2010 5:19 PM
    Anybody in manufacturing will tell you that making devices more modular means an increase in production cost over one that is more integrated. You think the manufacturer is going to cover that cost?
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    Anonymous , November 6, 2010 5:47 PM
    Lol. This is so gonna fail. Whatever makes understanding, upgrading and repairing computers easier will undoubtedly result in a loss for computer manufacturers.
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    ZEPd3Z , November 6, 2010 5:58 PM
    If Manufacturers would sell laptop mainboards, mobile GPU's and CPU's like their desktop counterparts it would make upgrading a laptop like upgrading your desktop, instead of buying a new one every few years.
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    jimmysmitty , November 6, 2010 7:28 PM
    ZEPd3ZIf Manufacturers would sell laptop mainboards, mobile GPU's and CPU's like their desktop counterparts it would make upgrading a laptop like upgrading your desktop, instead of buying a new one every few years.


    There are some laptops that you can upgrade the GPU in. Most you can upgrade the CPU, memory and HDD. CPU is a bit of a pain and the ones with changeable GPUs are expensive. Not to mention that the CPUs are quite expensive themselves.

    But this alone would actually help a tone in repairs. It can take about 30+ minutes to disassemble a laptop, some are even worse (here is lookin at you Sony). Then another 30+ to reassemble and make sure all the screws and connections are in place.

    After a while you get used to it and it takes less time but still. Some are a huge pain in the you know what. some you need to completley take apart to get to the LCD screen and some you need to take completley apart to get to the HSF/CPU.
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    Alathorne , November 6, 2010 7:57 PM
    I suppose a complete redesign would be needed, starting from the motherboard, to produce this concept. Still, from a consumers point of view I think this has a lot of merit. The very limited upgradability of laptops has annoyed me for years.
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    duk3 , November 6, 2010 7:58 PM
    This would be pretty cool especially if it made laptops more upgradable with the modularity.
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    theshonen8899 , November 6, 2010 8:27 PM
    It's always great to see inspiring young student work on something innovative before they get tangled into the web of corporations.
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    juncture , November 6, 2010 8:51 PM
    I have worked with AutoDesk Inventor software for all four years of my highschool experience in my engineering class. I've created hundreds and hundreds of models for classwork and also of ideas that I have had. It truly is an amazing tool and wish more people knew about it, but as a result of its amazingness it is very expensive and more known to the industrial world than anywhere. I bet millions of ideas were prototyped and brought to life using AutoDesk Inventor.

    Glad to see a brilliant idea modeled using it and I love the fact the AutoDesk company hands out awards to students like these, it'll send them a long way. :) 
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    cookoy , November 6, 2010 9:13 PM
    would you go for a laptop that's easy to recycle or easy to take apart when it's broken? those are the last things i would think about when
    i buy a new laptop!
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    tpho2500 , November 6, 2010 9:43 PM
    AKA, the unibody, AKA by Apple.
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    edilee , November 6, 2010 9:52 PM
    Hmm...hate to tell these guys but I can completely(motherboard and all components removed) disassemble my Gateway laptop in less than 10 minutes (8-10 minutes is a safe estimate). This takes 10 minutes and could be less if I wasn't laying certain screws out in piles and groups for reassembly. All I require is a single philips screw driver.

    While their design will promote recycling by ordinary folks it simply won't catch on but it is a good idea.
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    dEAne , November 7, 2010 1:25 AM
    Good news - This is what we need on earth.
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    ta152h , November 7, 2010 1:34 AM
    This is nothing new. IBM's PS/2s Model 50 from 1987 require no tools, had no cables, and were extremely reliable and well made, as well as fully functional with hard disk, floppy disk, slots, etc...

    A pity PCs are made like crap now.
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    danwat1234 , November 7, 2010 2:22 AM
    Now THIS is a machine you can take apart in 2 minutes!
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4777841130150112035#

    starting: 14mins 10 seconds or so into the Computer Chronicles Episode. it is and Epic episode
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    Xatos , November 7, 2010 2:25 AM
    Dumb. Leave it to a liberal to come up with something worthless.
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