Dell Concept Luna Sustainable Laptop demo

Dell demonstrates Concept Luna laptop

Jeff from Dell gives a Concept Luna demo where he totally disassembles a laptop with modular, replaceable components. This is Concept Luna and it’s an exercise to see how future laptops can be made so that they’re repairable, upgradeable and more sustainable.

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Concept Luna Laptop Transcript

High Performance Laptops: What you got for us, Jeff?

Jeff Morris (Dell): Well Nick, what we’ve got, this is Concept Luna. The thing about Concept Luna is, as the name suggests, it is a concept. That’s where we give our engineering our designers. The ability to think about ‘What if?’ What if unconstrained you could build the most sustainable circular PC that’s, you know, easy to repair. Easy to harvest and get the components out of it.

And it’s something that we came up with two years ago and we’ve actually continued to evolve the concept. Earlier this year, we evolved the concept, where we showed – taking-in the intelligence that we put in our devices around our support where we can track the telemetry around the components in the system. So, think of it like your car. You know, you’ve got the odometer. And you’re how many miles you’re driving up on your car.

Similar idea here. Like you know how many miles or how many hours you’re using: your battery, your display, your system board. And the idea then is that the device could be taking into a micro factory. The micro factory would then scan the actual device. The QR code itself then would present the telemetry on the screen in terms of what needs to be replaced or repaired from the system, and then the next phase then is we create a micro factory which then actually robotically disassembles the device and then harvests or replaces the components within Concept Luna so that you can continue to use the device.

So, that was really the the the design goal of it. And and here’s what you see today, so. It’s a fully working laptop. And very similar to maybe one of our Latitude 5000 series in terms of size and weight.

You know, it’s running an Intel based architecture in there it’s got, I think it’s 10 Cores, in there right now. It’s got 8 Gigs of RAM, 256 Gig flash storage, a Full HD display.

It’s got touch you can see and it’s got a built in web camera in the product.

So, fully operational. So, I guess, if we want to take a closer look, I can show you how easy it is to disassemble.

So, the first thing we’ll do is obviously, we might want to shut down the device, so let’s do that, then. Shutdown. Yep.

So, next thing we’ll do is. Hang on. Let’s make sure it’s off.

All right, now it’s off. So, we’ll disconnect power. And, I’ll just close it here. So, on the side here you’ll see what looks like a notebook lock slot. So, pretty average and I normally use just the tip of a pen. But, I’ll just use little tool here, but you know I’ve used the tip of a Biro for this.

So I’m just gonna pop this in here and you’ll hear a little noise.

HPL: Oooh.

JM (Dell): So, that’s what we call a Keystone. So, the Keystone allows me to take off this plastic here.

Maybe use my fingers – they’re a bit bigger. Pretty hard when you work from the back. So there we go.

It’s a live demo, so it’s going to like go completely…

So, once we we take off that, I’ll just lay it flat, like this. So, first thing we’re going to do is take off the keyboard. I’m going to slide the keyboard up. Let’s make sure it slides out. So, that’s the keyboard.

First thing on the keyboard, you’ll notice, is it has some connectors on here. You see all these little edge connectors on here. So, it’s really important that they these play a role with some of the components and how they interact with the system.

First thing you’ll notice is there’s no wires. Right. Typically when you open a laptop, you’ll see a wire in here for the display for your wireless antennae, or for your wireless card, your 4G/5G card. So, there’s there’s no wires in here.

So, let’s start taking it apart.

So, if you’re working with a Dell laptop or, sorry, your Dell desktop or a server, if you see blue, so anyway, if you if you’re familiar with the blue, do you know what the blue means? You can remove items, right? So the blue designates that you can remove items.

And so, again, we continue that on here. So, first thing, let’s take out the battery. So. let’s slide that up there.

There’s the battery. So, next thing we’ll do is, we’ll take out the speakers.

So, there’s your left and right speakers. So, let’s take those out there. And you can see, there, there’s no wiring.

You have these connectors that interface with the keyboard. This concept actually has a fan in it. When we originally introduced the the concept, originally we had a fanless design and the idea was to dissipate the heat from the LCD back. But you know, feedback we receive, people want more performance. So, we put a higher performance processor, a higher performance Intel processor in there and, as such, you need to be able to cool it.

So, we have a fan. And the fan itself: slide it back and that’s easy to remove.

Dell Concept Luna Sustainable Laptop v2
The second version of Dells Concept Luna laptop has fans to accomodate more-powerful, Intel processors.

So, then what we have left in the in the base of the chassis here, is the system board. So, I’ll just take out the system board. I’m just going to slide this forward.

And… that’s the system board, so the system board obviously has the processor on there and the memory and the storage and also the wireless card on there. And so the next thing that’s left to be removed is really just the display. So, from here… I need my glasses actually, sorry, my eye sign is not that good. So, we need to flip off this connector here.

So this just pops off.

One second here. So that’s it for the display and then this would come off here. I really should use a guitar pick for that.

JM (Dell): Is that the technical term for it: a guitar pick or is it just the perfect thing for it?

Well you can use it. You can use a pry. The guitar pick is good, like a plastic pry, you know, is what you need. Yeah. Just give me one second here.

Concept Luna onlooker 1: Quite awesome.

Concept Luna onlooker 2: Yeah, you should be using your friend.

JM (Dell): I believe you that this is a lot, lot easier than it otherwise looks. It is actually fairly straightforward. I might just leave it. I might just leave it for the moment.

HPL: We’ll give him a free pass for that – live demo!

JM (Dell): Yeah, well, basically, if this plastic did come off here, I don’t have my guitar pick here. But if I had the guitar pick, I’d just flip it open. Just make sure.

HPL: I’ll edit this bit, don’t worry* [*may have been a lie]

JM (Dell): OK, thanks. It takes a bit longer than I thought. So, actually I’ve blown this out in Melbourne, so I’m working with you. Thank you. Actually we need to turn around and see underneath. Here we go. Sorry. Need to be careful. And then panel will just slide down. Cool. There you go.

The chassis itself is made out of hydropower aluminium so it’s all – trying to reduce the carbon emissions. So, we use hydropower aluminium on the product to keep it down. There you go, that’s basically Concept Luna.

Almost as easy as Lego.

Find out more about Dell’s Concept Luna sustainable PC design, here.

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