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Bloom Laptop Designed For Easy Disassembly 151

Zothecula writes "It's a given that we will one day be discarding our present laptop computers. It's also a given that e-waste is currently a huge problem, that looks like it's only going to get worse. While most of the materials in a laptop can be recycled, all of those pieces of glass, metal, plastic and circuitry are stuck together pretty tight, and require a lot of time and effort to separate. What is needed are laptops that are designed to be taken apart, for easy recycling – that's why a group of graduate students from Stanford University made one."
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Bloom Laptop Designed For Easy Disassembly

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  • by drcheap ( 1897540 ) on Monday November 08, 2010 @01:44PM (#34163096) Journal

    .. build a machine that's capable of disassembling laptops (or other electronic waste) into its component materials for recycling.

    I find that a sledge-o-matic(tm) works quite well. I'm sure I could automate that by attaching it to some hydraulics or something ;)

  • by vlm ( 69642 ) on Monday November 08, 2010 @02:08PM (#34163376)

    You mean that laptop shoppers want a laptop in which every component is sized to meet the maximum likely size of any possible compatible device, plus extra space for a subcase and connectors? Really? Laptop shoppers?

    I don't think you understand laptop shoppers. Well in excess of 99% of laptop sales are:

    1) The hot saleswoman convinced the head of IT to buy quantity one thousand of her mfgr / brand / model despite him not even getting a date. Or if no saleswoman, there were box seats professional sports tickets involved.


    2) My mom wants to spend $500 on a laptop. Go to Best Buy and take the $499.99 laptop off the shelf. Mission accomplished.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.