Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep our computers updated with all the latest gee-gaws and high-speed widgets without generating a single scrap of e-waste? It’s a nice dream, and one worth thinking about. That’s why we’re happy to see the Igglu Modular PC Concept (which comes to us by way of Ecofriend).
This colorful concept design by UK designer Rob Mansfield consists of a single slender tower featuring color coded, swappable modules for hard drive, optical drives, graphic cards, PCI drives and RAM, which can easily be removed and replaced when needed. Your old modules can then be returned to the company for reuse in budget services (presumably for those who would not otherwise have access to a computer) or processed for recycling.
The modular PC is a lovely idea, though one that goes against the grain of current thinking by manufacturers, which holds closely to that outdated, wasteful and expensive concept so beloved by marketers of yore, built-in obsolescence. After all, if computer manufacturers can keep up buying a new computer every few years, why would they adopt a modular system like Igglu? Here’s the answer: because we’re sick of e-waste, we want faster computers, and there’s a good chance we’ll reward the manufacturer that shows some vision here.
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