Is bamboo about to become the material of choice for environmentally-minded IT equipment designers?
According to several reports the new Ecobook will be available from next year and while some may dismiss the biodegradable bamboo casing as little more than a publicity stunt many of the design innovations featured on the new model show how simple changes can make IT kit far more environmentally friendly.
All of the plastic used in the machine is reportedly going to be labeled and recycleable; paints, sprays and electro-plating have not been used on the components; and a modular design has been used so that the laptop can be easily taken apart and upgrades added.
The internal lining is made from biodegradable cardboard, while LED status lights have been fitted beneath a semi-transparent mouse trackpad, avoiding the need for extra external lenses.
Perhaps most intriguingly Asus has said that on the final model a button for adjusting the laptop's performance will glow red or green based on how much power the machine is using.
You can see photos of the new model over at CNet.
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