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12/14/2007 12:37 AM ID: 67138 Permalink   

Prototype Bamboo PC Developed

 

The Asus Eco Book is made from laminated strips of bamboo and the makers, Asus Computer International, based in Taipei say that it is more eco-friendly and less harmful than using processed wood.

Engineers are still experimenting to see if the bamboo is suitable for laptops. Heat from microprocessors and monitors must be allowed to escape to avoid the obvious.

Many companies are looking at ways to reduce waste and they are trying to recycle as much as possible but this is the first computer made from a fast growing resource.

 
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  14 Comments
  
  sweet.  
 
ive got a couple of bamboo longboards (curb cruisers). how much does it take to case one, and what EXACTLY is made from bamboo?
 
  by: elijah4twenty     12/14/2007 03:15 AM     
  Bamboo PC!?  
 
Worst idea ever! I'm lampooning this all the way
 
  by: Zmethod     12/14/2007 03:21 AM     
  Bamboo is pretty versatile  
 
I've got bamboo flooring in my house.

The next thing I do with bamboo is going to be a bike frame like this one (http://www.bmeres.com/...
 
  by: Zpravodajec     12/14/2007 04:25 AM     
  Hm... Asus...  
 
Asus is a very good manufacturer/modifier of computer parts. They make some of the baddest ass nvidia chipsets and mother boards I've ever seen. They must know what they're doing in this case.
 
  by: Dark_Stang   12/14/2007 05:55 AM     
  @Zpra  
 
Fair enough, I know a few people with bamboo floorings as well. But when I'm looking for a PC that I can walk all over I'll consider it ;]
 
  by: Zmethod     12/14/2007 06:45 AM     
  Er..?  
 
I'm pretty sure just making something out of bamboo doesn't make it eco friendly -- at least not when you start deforesting vast tracts of bamboo to produce the material!
 
  by: velger   12/14/2007 08:33 AM     
  @velger  
 
you cant deforest bamboo easily, it is a very fast growing grass (an invasive weed were it gets accidently introduced), it would be hundreds of times easier to maintain a bamboo plantation than a pine one.
 
  by: veya_victaous     12/14/2007 08:49 AM     
  It looks pretty  
 
But will bamboo be resilient enough for a laptop? I can't imagine them being cheap either, anything different always costs more, even if the materials are cheaper.
 
  by: TabbyCool     12/14/2007 11:45 AM     
  I’ll never use one of those  
 
bamboo keyboards again. Kept getting bamboo splinters under my fingernails, damn does that hurt.
 
  by: Valkyrie123     12/14/2007 06:31 PM     
  @tabby  
 
i have a skateboard made of bamboo. ... the thing holds up very very well. at least as well as regular laminated wood, if not better.

@ velger some species of bamboo grow up to a foot a day. just about impossible to 'deforest'
 
  by: elijah4twenty     12/15/2007 05:05 PM     
  @valk  
 
Uh..were the keys made from bamboo too? All the kb's I see are just bamboo frames..

Anyhow, source w.pic:
http://news.yahoo.com/...
 
  by: jediman3     12/16/2007 06:00 PM     
  @Jedi  
 
Inserting bamboo shoots under finger nails is a torture method...
 
  by: AnsweringQuestions     12/17/2007 03:12 PM     
  everything bamboo  
 
Where I lived in Thailand, people used bamboo for everything from the house itself to the furniture and plates and cups. They tend to catch fire easily.
 
  by: shaohu     12/18/2007 01:50 PM     
  what about the pandas?  
 
who will feed the pandas?
 
  by: John E Angel     12/19/2007 03:13 AM     
 
 
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