This Open Source Modular PC Might Solve The E-Waste Problem
Rhombus Tech, UK-based firm has introduced a concept and they claim that computers can be easy to fix and upgrade if there is a standardized PC board along with other 3D printed components to go with it. The idea will help decrease E-waste which is a huge problem for PC manufacturers and third party repairing services. Fundraising for this open source modular PC started in July and impressively they have raised $66,000 which is just shy of half of their target which is $150,000.
The firm seems confident that they will able to meet this target by the end of August and looking at the progress so far it seems likely. Key features and compatibility of the open source modular PC card are as follows:
- ARM processor
- 2GB RAM
- 8GB storage
If you want to get one of these then you can buy a mini PC that supports this open source modular PC card for $55 or you can get the laptops kit for $450. This kit will include the following:
- 3D printed casework parts
- Bamboo plywood panels
- Components for the trackpad
If you are not willing to take this up as a DIY project then you can get this pre-assembled for $1,200.
Whether I like it or not is another debate but this idea is getting a lot of attention. Mind you, the goal here is a lot of money and hey have already raised a major portion of that goal. This may not seem to be much right now but then again most first generation products are not that great to start with. Improvements are made generation after generation until you get perfection.
What do you think about this open source modular PC? A yay or a nay? Would you support this campaign?