Laura Caulwell, a UK-based designer, won the Dyson Ireland Design Award by creating a “living” PC invention called ‘Cultivate — the Sustainable Living Computer’. The invention will be battling against 14 other top country winner for the grand prize of EUR6,270 in the James Dyson International Design Award.
This unique design resembles a tree, with the ‘trunk’ housing the motherboard, while 10 “branches” hold the RAM, battery, central processor, power supply, storage, two speakers, expansion cards, an ambient light and a mouse. Any of these branches or components can be “plucked” from the tree and sent back to the supplier for an upgrade, re-manufacture or recycling.
Silver aluminum “leaves” act as external heat-sinks to cool down each of the components and are attachable, bendable and curled however the user chooses.