Oxygenated Notebook

The Plantbook is a notebook concept that takes a leaf out of the life of a bamboo plant. What I mean is that the battery charging system is inspired by the water-soaking abilities of the bamboo!

The designers explain, “The system uses an external water tank, hence the Plantbook continuously absorbs water when soaking it in water and generates electrolysis using power stored in a solar heat plate installed on the top. In this process, it is operated using hydrogen as energy source and discharges oxygen. If you put it into a water bottle while you don’t use the laptop, it automatically charges a battery and discharges oxygen. A leaf-shaped strap hanging on the top is made with silicon. It plays a role of a hand ring and a green LED indicates when the battery is charged. Using this LED, users can check how much spare capacity the batter has.”

Designers: Seunggi Baek & Hyerim Kim


  • Adam says:

    Wow never seen a laptop like that before nice work on the design 🙂

  • Jarosław Ciupiński says:

    The only thing I would add, would be an information about keyboard being not flat – of course this dynamically happening. And I believe that all pieces of technology for that laptop exist, although it could be maybe impossible for now to pack them into such small thing (my biggest worry here is extraction of hydrogen from water) so it is possible to have such stick laptop in near future. And as for me, I could dump all the eco friendliness of this thing just to have convienient small laptop.

  • daniele says:

    the most incredible chemical miracle… the disappear of Hydrogen and the born of electricity from… nothing.
    This is really the most embarassing concept I ever seen.

  • Mackenzie says:

    Where do you put the motherboard? How about disk? I guess you could add a USB port and boot off of a flash drive, but the need for a motherboard isn’t going away.

  • jimmy says:

    Looks like the designers meant for it to work like a plant, taking in water and sunlight to produce power and oxygen. The description however, makes no sense at all. Electrolysis requires power, it’s the reforming of water from hydrogen and oxygen that produces power.

    Also, what happened to the hydrogen from the electrolysis?

  • Amanito says:

    Nice concept, that can be made in the future. For it to work with only the solar heat from such small area, it would need to consume really very very little power.

  • This thing is so incredibly stupid it makes me weep and lose faith on humanity.

    1) The interior has no computer parts according to the “design”, only energy “generation” components.

    2) I put “generation” in quotes because the proposed scheme is insane. Let me see if I get this straight:

    a) Get solar power through a tiny cell
    b) Use that to separate water into H and O
    c) Keep the hydrogen
    d) Use that hydrogen to produce power
    e) Charge the battery with that power

    Let me tell you a much better way to achieve the goal:

    a) Get solar power through a cell (please not so tiny)
    b) Store it in the battery

    Each step you add in the middle *costs energy*. It makes as much sense as saying it’s powered by unicorns pedalling bikes.

    3) The keyboard and screen are made of some magical material that can be rolled into a tight tube, yet when unrolled becomes straight, rigid, and resistent enough that it can stand straight and hold the weight of your hands banging at the keyboard.

    4) The handle looks incredibly uncomfortable.

  • Jon says:

    LOL, but sexy

  • Jason Wang says:

    On top of all the fake science I just don’t find the appearance all that captivating. How do you roll something out of a screen and then make it solid? How do you get enough power for electrolysis from a tiny solar panel? How do you make electricity from hydrogen? As someone said earlier every transfer of energy is a loss of energy. Where do computing components go? There’s just way too many loose ends on this concept.

    Spend a some more time at the drawing board and refine it.

  • geester says:

    Utter nonsense. Apart from the glossy rendering, what skills does this show? Is this where industrial design is heading nowadays, certainly seems so, particularly from many students in the far east.

  • carport says:

    Nice design but there are lots of things to consider regarding this solar technology which I think is not possible yet. But you have the nicest design for a next generation notebook!

  • stelios says:

    by the time such tech exists, there would be no use of laptops…

  • Incredible design and concept. One of the most beautifull laptops design I had ever seen.
    …but we need to wait a lot of years to have something like that.

  • fungliwan8 says:

    Weew, i want buy like this? How must is it?

  • Ozne says:

    Wow! It is waterproof!? :p

  • FLX says:

    I refuse to call this design. I can render a flying edible scubacar prowered by dragon poop aswell but complete neglection of reality is not what design is about.

  • aries1470 says:

    I will be replying to the original posters @ YankoDesign, since there is a problem with the system there.

    @ Mackenzie, Roberto and others.
    It is a design, so not all details are shown. On the other hand in regards to “motherboard”. Please think “outside” the box. I did do some electronic designing in the past, and came to a similar issue / “problem”, the answer? “Sandwitch”. You stack them items on top of each an other. Also, you do NOT need much space with
    all the new technology. Just think of your mobile phone / smartphone.
    Eliminate the screen from it, take away the Li-Poly squarish battery. Now all you have left is a thin small [b]motherboard[/b]! Now stack the components, or make the board in a long and narrow shape, and voila, problem solved.
    Now, I understand the concern of the “solar cells”, but please read the article too, don’t just look at hte pictures, it mentions “solar heat plate”. I would presume it is to heat an element using solar energy to create the convertion aka electrolysis. When someone mentions electrolysis and hydrogen, it means they will use
    most likely a fuel cell, think “p.e.m. fuel cell” (search for it in a search engine 😉 ).

  • @aries: heat doesn’t cause electrolysis. Electricity does. That’s why it’s called ELECTROlysis. Heat applied to water produces steam. Or, in the case of a solar collector this size: very slightly warmer water.

    Then, even if you have electrolysis, you got hydrgen. Cool. Put hydrogen in a fuel cell. You know what you get? In the best case scenario, a 50% efficiency at 0.7v.

    That means you are losing energy twice, first by applying the solar power to electrolysis, and then again when you use a fuel cell.

    Also, in terms of volume, fuel cells are not magical, they are *larger* than batteries that provide the same amount of power.

    As for sandwiches, there are limits, heat dissipation, etc. And it’s not of *no* size. There is nothing there in the “design”. That is not design, that is wishful thinking.

  • geester says:

    Please Yanko, stop showing this fantastical design, anyone can do it. Ok, a lot of us did a “blue sky project” at college, but it was rarely taken seriously. Realism is what we need now.

  • geester says:

    I’m sorry that I have to look at this website sometimes. It’s a fookin insult to real designers. But i love a bit of concept shite, but there has to be some depth behind it.

  • garrett says:

    when i looked without reading, it thought this was just a battery, and not a whole computer. the idea i think is very interesting. maybe it’ll be slow and inefficient, but a battery that can charge in water is amazing. imagine your cell phone is dead, and you can charge it with a glass of water and sunlight. even if it takes twice as long, so 2 hours to charge in stead of 1, and the only “charger” i need to find is a glass of water?

  • Nice!
    Where can I get one?

  • Davood says:

    from my point of view, the most important things the designer cares about are:

    1. battery
    2. headset jack
    3. water inlet
    4. An LED to show the battery charge level

    and where the hell is hardware..humm.. don’t give a damn to it… it is just a design
    it seems that the designer wants to make us laugh loudly, or is trying to waste time, because there is plenty of it. Even an epsilon thinking about the feasibility… So why don’t you design something else. you can design a basin. A basin which convert shit to useful information. think about it!

  • and arguments in the dispute are born without an account , instantly bursting like bubbles swamp

  • Actually, it is possible to get energy from salt water, using zinc and copper; or aluminium, copper, paper and salt water. But the energy obtained is still too small to run a computer.

  • waterlink says:

    this is idea made by designers.
    that is not their task on determining how to accomplish, what they have designed.
    this idea must be put in vault and pull it back from time to time to determine, if this is possible at present.
    last statement includes following:
    – basic nano parts of computer
    – definitely cloud technologies must be used (we don’t need hdd and much more in that case)
    – some parts must be connected using some additionally device (like small usb-flash device) to strip them from our “paper”.
    – some material, which could be in two states.

    first one is a matter of time.
    second, third is ready
    fourth need to be researched, i’m lacking knowledge on this, possibly, it is a matter of time too.

    i’ll repeat again. designer never cares about realization of idea (i know that from my own experience (i’m web-programmer working with web-designers)). this is not their work. don’t scold them too much.

    i would like to have one of these, when it comes to serial production (if comes).

  • Roberto Alsina says:


    A web designer can do that because basically he is just drawing a picture and putting words in it. With varying amounts of effort and money, almost any layout and art he puts there can be implemented as a webpage.

    OTOH, designing a device has a functional aspect. If you design something that is unbuildable, you are not designing, you are doodling.

    Suppose car designers just went and designed Buck Rogers style ships, or Star Wars pod racers. They would be fired in 2 minutes, unless they were *asked* to design unfeasable blue-sky concepts.

    This “design” doesn’t even raise to that level. It’s not that it needs some technological advancements to work. It needs a miracle. It needs to have all known physics overthrown, starting with the laws of thermodynamics, plus basic chemistry.

    And all that to achieve something that, were it to work, would work exactly like a notebook (worse: a netbook!), a type of device that is apparently already reaching the end of its lifetime soon (let’s say, in 10 more years?)

    So no, don’t put it in a closet, put it in a poster. At the bottom, write “crap that can’t be built, and would be crap if we built it”.

  • waterlink says:

    maybe, you are right

  • Gustavo Sillero says:

    Agreed in every single point.

    And web designers that don’t know anything about coding are like product designers that don’t know ergonomics.

    “Concepts” like this one are degrading the meaning of the word Design.

  • NightSovereign says:

    Didn’t they thought, that hydrogen and oxygen won’t turn back into water by themselves, and without water, even with very fresh air we will die out like dinosaurs

  • jose labas says:

    i have one plant book

  • Francesco says:


  • john says:

    i wouldn’t say so, electrolysis can be done in a pretty compact way, which you probably know. the only thing i’d say might be a problem is the tech for the screen. i’d say 10 years max 🙂 (i hope)

  • john says:

    its a covelent bond and water is a polar molecule its k bro XD

  • john says:

    its a covalent bond and water is a polar molecule its k bro XD

  • john says:

    yes, true. and even if the could make a circular one how might they manufacture it?!

  • This design is wicked! You most certainly know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well,
    almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

  • Auxiliary says:

    I can say it’s a nice drawing.

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    can understand it. Therefore that’s why this post
    is amazing. Thanks!

  • Jorge says:

    wow… a laptop and a dildo in one product!!!

  • MrMedic says:

    It’s never going to exist. Why? Here are the reasons: 1:No PC components. 2:Impossible screen/keyboard. 3:Slow as fuck (doesn’t look to have a motherboard, and if it has one it would be really, really slow. 4:Gets energy from… Nowhere, actually.

  • I want to buy this plantbook,It really like me

  • Jack Novell says:

    I obviously agree that this “design” is stupid, but let’s do this fun:

    If you flatten the keyboard to the surface instead of keeping it hovering, you don’t need anymore a dual-state material, just a flexible one and a rigid surface, then for the screen you could just use a holder or use the screen as touchscreen (and you have a tablet instead of a laptop).

    Being a tablet sure you can find a spot to fit the components.

    So now we have the power issue… OK, wasting solar energy on doing electrolysis is stupid, so let’s forget about this part. But as the funny part of the idea is the water, let’s use instead osmotic power, by using water with different salinity levels, and a small boost with the solar cell.

    OK, the idea is still shit and always will, but now it’s at least feasible lol

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