Disposable Paper Laptops

I quite agree with Je Sung Park when he says that disposable cameras and cell phones have gained acceptance, so why don’t we take the next step and bring out a disposable computer. His Recyclable Paper Laptop is quite a raw version and could do with some refinement. It uses recycled paper or pulp material all packed in layers. This is so that you can easily replace the damaged portions (even corrugated paper will tear easy). The vibe of a Paper Laptop is intriguing, I kno eventually someone will figure out the tech bit, so let’s see who will take the bait.

Designer: Je Sung Park

Recyclable Paper Laptop by Je Sung Park

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137 Comments

  • Do we really need more disposable things to fill up our landfills?

  • SuiDepPhaStu says:

    Come on now, this is nothing but a sack of buzzwords and half-assed renders. No style *and* no substance.

  • denisnossevitch says:

    Evolution. Beautiful isn’t it?
    Soon enough I will be driving a disposable origami Porsche.

  • python2121 says:

    Uh this is a terrible idea and so are disposable cameras. Crappy photos/experience, extremely wasteful. Regardless of how much I spend on something, longevity is an important engineering value.

  • Aman says:

    Looks good to say the least, the features are also quite appealing.

  • m.dean says:

    This makes perfect sense for business travelers, especially in this day of confiscated/scanned laptops at the airports. Not to mention plugging a domain machine into a hotel network and letting it soak in the wild for a week at a time.

    Leave the company laptop at the office, buy a disposable at your destination, ship your work back before the return flight, pitch the disposable laptop. Done! No need to rubber glove your company laptop after a trip. Got the work done, no virus stowaways and no confiscated data.

    For the company, lowering the risk of infection or leaking sensitive data makes it worth the money. Win.

    For the traveler, there’s no evidence of all the porn they were looking at. HUGE win.

  • walrus says:

    You could argue that laptops are already “disposable” – they just last for a few years while disposable cameras last for X number of shots.

    • Gunnar Tveiten says:

      You -could- argue that, but by doing so, you subtly redefine “disposable” to mean anything that’s -ever- junked, i.e. all things existing.

  • sword-chucks says:

    I think Laptops are way too much of a personal item to have throwaways… It’s hard to make a camera “yours”, so it’s easy to have a detachment to the product, unless of course you have a bedazzler and rein stone the shit out of it.

    Throwing away a laptop or desktop, to me, is like euthanizing your dog…

  • MarcusMaximus says:

    Well, disposable cameras made sense because a camera takes a set number of pictures before you have to change the film reel(this is before digital cameras, obviously), so they did away with the need to do so by making them single use. You could then get the pictures out of it and be done with it.

    What’s the set number of things you do with a laptop before needing to mess with it somehow? What permanence is there to anything you did on said laptop once it’s disposed of? Are they expecting some kind of laptop developing stores that will rip out the harddrive and throw the data on a flash drive or something?

    I just don’t see the equivalent uses that would complete the analogy between this and a disposable camera, and thus make this worthwhile.

  • yule-and-bellow says:

    It will be a great day when technology advances to this level, but I’m having a really hard time finding any practical use for this, disposable cameras yes, but not this.
    I mean could you be at an airport and have to use the internet for a second so you buy one of these and then throw it away because your primary computer you left in a hotel room is much more advanced? I’d probably prefer a permanent portable (tongue twister) in this form factor.

  • Maori_Yelir says:

    I can see this being useful when cloud computing is more popular. When all of our data is stored on a server going into an airport store and buying a 5 dollar device to access it, write some email, then throw the thing in a recycle bin on the way out would be great.

    • Justinpaulson says:

      hmmm or they could just rent you a device for 5 bucks and have a bunch of bins to return it into and not have to constantly be buying more products.

      But our economy is all about consume and dispose, so I could see this happening.

      • Maori_Yelir says:

        I was thinking that but I decided not to put it. I think this device itself is more in line with something that you would toss after use but once cloud computing takes off I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if airports and hotels and such had a system just like what you described.

  • Lite says:

    Disposable laptops? I thought the term Netbook already encompassed this idea.

  • Does it a waterproof one?

  • James says:

    I think so!!

  • alirn says:

    What a nonsense! Haven’t seen anything as stupid as this thing in a while. Anyone concerned about personal data left on these “disposable machines” ? What a security threat to every person using it… burn these laptops 🙂

  • Chip says:

    The disposable computer is a what if idea and not very creative or unique. Someone will look at the end product result they want for disposable to provide, and figure what needs to change so that a computer is disposable. But Im not gonna say what that is. I will just wait for someone in the computer field to figure it out.

  • anonymous says:

    comical. not much more needs to be said. a good concept should have some level of reality behind it. this has none. good try, but rather extraneous and unecessary.

  • jdi says:

    By 2020 we will be using chips in our heads… jeje.
    Now Seriously By 2020 we will be using other materials as organic plastics, oh yes now we are using them.

    I think the designer of this notebook does not live in south America were all the “1st world” paper “recycling” plants are destroying our rivers and forests. Maybe its time to do something real and not for the picture.
    (Is the packaging made of plastic? just put the recycling symbol on it and thats it)

    Sorry about my english and thank you for giving me the opportunity to comment on this.

  • kaywarner says:

    Anyone intrested in the fact that it won’t work plain and simple? “the teccy bit” is the bit that needs solving. Now about my time machine…

  • The Up Blog says:

    Don’t know if anyone will ever go for this, people just like the feel of plastic.

  • Robert P says:

    Is this for real??!!

    I don’t get it. I’m all for recycling but I really don’t understand why you would ever want a disposable laptop?!

  • OMG says:

    YOU ARE REALLY AN EARTH KILLER!!!!!

    think about responsibility then design! stupid!!!

  • It would have been better if it were introduced as an eco-friendly design or economic design for cheap laptops. As many have mentioned already, a laptop cannot be disposable for anyone.

  • The design is too crazy…but i don't get it…

  • The design is too crazy…but i don’t get it…

  • scoolbattery says:

    The design is too crazy, i don't think it can be successfully.

  • scoolbattery says:

    The design is too crazy, i don't think it can be successfully.

  • It is both creative and practical. I just hope that it is indeed reliable. We have another use fro card boards this way. Aside from shredding our used papers and other paper products, it is nice to know that there are people who find ways to re-invent simple materials and reuse it for other purposes.

  • It is both creative and practical. I just hope that it is indeed reliable. We have another use fro card boards this way. Aside from shredding our used papers and other paper products, it is nice to know that there are people who find ways to re-invent simple materials and reuse it for other purposes.

  • Foxconn says:

    This idea has helped me with my final year project can somebody please tell me where i can get the resources from to design one of this help ME guys Please

  • Foxconn says:

    This idea has helped me with my final year project can somebody please tell me where i can get the resources from to design one of this help ME guys Please

  • I do hope that this product will be proven safe and economical so that it becomes widespread. It is interesting to know that there are people out there who do not cease to look for creative ways to make use of paper. In this way, we are not only presented with recycling or reusing options for our used paper products – we will be able to see modern ways they can turn out.

  • I do hope that this product will be proven safe and economical so that it becomes widespread. It is interesting to know that there are people out there who do not cease to look for creative ways to make use of paper. In this way, we are not only presented with recycling or reusing options for our used paper products – we will be able to see modern ways they can turn out.

  • This is amazing. It must be approved, and can work like any computer. Impressive, but be careful with water!?

  • This is amazing. It must be approved, and can work like any computer. Impressive, but be careful with water!?

  • Ski Thalys says:

    Like the innovations on these fronts. Nice to see electric scooters in the street already, it will take a while to see these at work, but can't wait. Look at what we as humans can do, besides creating waste?!

  • Ski Thalys says:

    Like the innovations on these fronts. Nice to see electric scooters in the street already, it will take a while to see these at work, but can't wait. Look at what we as humans can do, besides creating waste?!

  • Very cool Laptops, I love them very much, how to buy one of them?

  • Very cool Laptops, I love them very much, how to buy one of them?

  • les cafards says:

    et la maison ? elle est en carton ? comme dans la chanson pirouette caca huette ! on sait que la blage ne sera pas comprite mais on s'en fout ! a cartoon !

  • Lola says:

    If you’re going to call someone from America stupid, then please learn how to spell “America” first.

  • It is interesting as a concept, but it is hard to imagine that this is the direction mainstream tech will take. There are probably issues of practicality also, so it is perhaps a project that will tickle the interest of people with a particular fascination with the technology or the process, but not something that will ultimately be commercially successful.

  • katarina says:

    j need contact email adress of author for this project. somebody knows how j can contact him? tnx

  • Gordon Mac says:

    This might not be a bad idea. Maybe call it recyclable, or biodegradable might sound better than disposable. Making one out of wood could be a possibility also??

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