Eco Factor: Futuristic solar powered wireless PC concept.

Keeping in mind the green needs of the future, industrial designers are fast changing their mindset to machines that are efficient and reduce the user’s carbon footprint. Designer David Veldkamp is also on the same track that leads to greenery with his futuristic concept PC he calls the LawnPC.


This green machine creates all the power it needs from solar cells that have been embedded in the grass like lawn that sits on top of the PC. The green grass is actually made from natural cotton fabric, which carries inkjet printed solar cells. The use of natural cotton here makes these blades biodegradable. Hundreds of these blades generate all the power the system needs at the rate of about 60 watts per hour.


The energy harnessed by these blades is transferred to the battery plug-in that is provided at the bottom of each blade. This power supplying lawn is removable, so whenever there are major technological upgrades, you can always change the hardware in your system.


The LawnPC is completely wireless, which enables you to do your job wherever you want. Since all the electricity is generated by the machine itself, it also saves a lot of trouble involved in hiding those crappy wires under the carpet. Moreover, the CPU connects wireless to the monitor, which gives you added freedom to place the CPU wherever you want to.


The CPU is made from plastics infused with Bio Batch additives. This material allows the plastic involved to decompose once you plan to finally let this system go after it has completed its life cycle.

This unique concept PC does not need any fan to cool its critical components. The natural air flow in between the lawn is enough to cool down the system. All you have to make sure is to place the system near a window or a vent, where it can get all the light and air it needs. Since the Lawn is removable it can also be used to power other electronic devices in your home such as your LCD TV.


The Dark Side:

Since the system only generates about 60 watts of power per hour we don’t think it would be enough for running power hungry applications and games. Moreover, all the problems associated with solar power generation still are a downside as people will still have to resort to the good old power socket if they want to have a nice romantic chat in the evening.

[Thanks: David Veldkamp]