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The Pure Drive Home Automation and Computing System - 3rd Place - 2010 Int'l eWaste Competition

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Uploaded on Apr 22, 2010

eWaste Competition website:
http://ewaste.illinois.edu/

Team's School: California State University Long Beach

THE PURE DRIVE HOME AUTOMATION AND COMPUTING SYSTEM

The Idea

A green home automation and computing system. The system utilizes many advances in technology, manufacturing and compatibility.

The Problem

E- waste is piling up and growing at an alarming number. We have decided to address the future of the problem, Looking 5 to 10 years from today to create a solution that will drastically reduce the current production of E-waste.

The Solution

Objective: - Decrease the physical size and overall complexity while increasing the capacity of digital media storage - Optimize compatibility, modularity and computing power of the personal computer and home optimization devices Combining new digital storage technology with green manufacturing processes, we have developed a product that changes the current idea about home computing and what it can become. We have integrated all of a homes electronic devices into one product, designed for compatibility with multiple media types, modularity and ease of dissemble and recycling.

The Technology

Current: A Solid State Disk (SSD) is the latest storage technology • They're thinner and lighter than hard drives. • They consume less power. • They deliver much better performance, especially for accessing small amounts of data.

Future Solutions: The new Z Drive from OCZ is a storage device that connects to an x8 PCIe slot, and offers 1 terabyte of storage capacity. Molecular storage Hologram storage

Key Advantages

Energy • Energy Star certified power adapters for storage devices reduce power consumption 30 percent on average • Storage devices that reduce fan usage, automatically shut-down during inactivity, and low power hard drives can reduce energy consumption 90 percent. • Some devices are made of recyclable materials like aluminum, bamboo, or plastics • Easily disassembled devices are easier to recycle if only certain parts are recyclable • Packaging may be recyclable and some companies print instructions on the box or use recyclable paper for the instructions instead of waxed paper Manufacturing • The amount of raw materials (metals, aluminum, plastics, lead) used to manufacture the device • Excess waste materials and if they are recycled • Chemicals used in manufacturing • Shipping distance for the device itself and parts • Amount of packaging materials and if they are recyclable

The System

The Pure System consists of interchangeable modules. These modules clip together eliminating the need for wires. All peripheral items utilize wireless technology. Modules may include Memory, Ram, Audio enhancements, Video enhancements, Processors, and other automation modules. Ideally all of your home electronics will be combined into this one device.

The Design

The design is sleek and functional; the vertical cooling ribs eliminate areas for dust to collect. The Aluminum extrusion case is completely recyclable. A quick release key aids in disassembly. The overall footprint is 75% less than standard computing systems.

Conclusion

Our overall objective was to decrease the physical size and complexity while increasing the capacity of digital media storage. As well as optimizing compatibility, modularity and computing power of the personal computer. By utilizing current and upcoming advances in storage technology and utilizing life-cycle design analysis we have created a product that can adapt to technology changes and last well into the future.

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