Here’s something you’ll absolutely love. If you’ve ever had a fan, screen or keyboard go out, most laptops require you to purchase new tools, tear the laptop completely apart, then stab the tiny screwdrivers into your eyes after becoming completely frustrated.

So, if you’ve ever taken a dremel to the back of a latop (like me), you’re going to appreciate the Bloom laptop concept from a couple of angst-ridden, Autodesk sponsored university teams. It completely redefines laptop disassembly and at the same time boosts recycling potential to epic proportions.

The Bloom laptop is the project of a team of students from Stanford and Finland’s Aalto University who were given the task to create a recyclable consumer electronics product that makes electronics recycling a simpler, more effective and engaging process for consumers… “We used Autodesk Inventor software often during the ideation phase to experiment with the design,” said Aaron Engel-Hall, a Stanford student and team member. “We created 3D shapes to represent the hardware we had to design around, and the parametric design of Inventor software let me put in different parameters so that all the model dimensions would update immediately. I was also able to experiment with various thicknesses for the case enclosure, making it as thin as possible while maintaining structural integrity.”

And who doesn’t appreciate structural integrity, am I right? But since this laptop is so easy to take apart, as you’ll see in the video, it’s bound to take fewer beatings. It’s just a shame this is being developed just as laptops are being pummeled by the popularity of tablets.

Via Autodesk


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