In this technology-infused world, working with or on a computer is almost unavoidable. This is especially true for graphic and designers, animators, filmmakers – anyone whose work calls for specialized computer programs. Among these creative professionals, all-in-one computers like an iMac are preferred due to their slim, compact device. However, when these devices grow old, it’s difficult to repair and replace specific hardware — you almost always have to buy a brand new device.

Now, some tech companies, like Apple, will buy back your older models in exchange for store credit. However, why replace a product when you can upcycle it? The Modular Workstation Computer offers an alternative device that would make this process easier. The computer’s internal hardware – its processor, memory, etc. – is attached to a tray of large, cube-like pieces that can be pulled off and reattached. This design choice is a huge departure from standard laptops, which tuck their hardware inside the body of the computer, requiring you to unscrew the bottom plate to access it. This inconvenience may discourage consumers from learning more about how their computer works – and how they might use that knowledge to extend the life of their device.

The Modular Workstation Computer presents a better solution: one that reduces long-term costs and environmental impact. This technology has the potential for mass adoption, especially as consumers move towards more sustainable, long-term purchases.

Designer: Philipp Seißler

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