This Concept Has a Use For Old Modular Phone Parts: A Supercomputer

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Modular phones are certainly a popular idea right now, even if they're currently failing to deliver on their promise. But there's already a suggestion about what could happen to their parts when they're no longer wanted: they could simply slide together to form a supercomputer.

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This a concept design by the chaps behind the modular smartphone Puzzlephone. The idea's simple: as processor units from the phone become too slow to individually keep up in a mobile device, they can be combined—simply sliding into a scaleable supercomputer unit—in order to create a device that supplies computational grunt on the cheap.

Indeed, the concept even suggests that old battery units could be used in the modular supercomputer, too, presumably allowing the device to go mobile, or at least carry on crunching numbers through a power cut. While the proposed units only accept a handful of processor units, the concept also explains that supercomputer units themselves could stack together.

This is, of course, just a concept. But it's a neat idea, and at the very least it's nice to see the manufacturers of modular phones thinking about how they can make their hardware sustainable, rather than disposable. [Puzzlephone via Verge]

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Great Idea, I just don't know why someone can't apply this for todays laptops and other future devices as well.. Not just smartphones..

I'm against government interventionism , but should be a law that forces companies to use 40% to 60% of recycled material in their products and up to 100% in the package of the products. I know that plastic and some metals are already in someway recycled, but I mean the whole thing, there are to many valuable/rare metals that could be harvest from older electronics.

Also, giving discounts to consumer that give back their products to by a new one.