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PRODUCT DESIGN

Smartphone Powered Laptop

In my third year we had a short project on finding innovative uses for e-waste, which is becoming an ever increasing problem in our disposable society.

 

In order to promote the idea of a circular economy I created an open-source method to reviving a broken laptop (in my case a 2007 Macbook Pro) by powering it from a smartphone. The idea behind this is as smartphones become increasingly capable and ubiquitous, this project can serve as an alternative to binning your old laptop by augmenting the capabilities and affordances of a laptop.

In this instructable I detailed the process in which I used a Google Pixel 2, an old keyboard, a LCD driver and some other upcycled parts to the interface the smartphone with the laptop.

Process

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