Develop Portable Computer with extended life cycle


A Palm Held Micro PC that includes the keyboard, screen and mouse. That has HDMI and USB ports allowing it to connect to larger monitors or TV, and add additional memory via USB as well as running Windows and Android OS and being able to make VOIP calls. Which by its design allows easy disassembly and up-gradability of different processors and RAM thus achieving a longer life cycle of around 10 years and being environmentally friendly.

The report from the Shift Project – Lean ICT, published in October 2018, shows the threats caused by an unbalanced development of the digital technologies and their penetration into contemporary society and economy. The “smartphone & laptop phenomenon” –the fact that everyone holds multiple electronic devices- is considered as one of the main reasons for the increased share of digital industry in the Green House Gas Emission (from 2.5% of the total of GES emissions in 2013 to 4% in 2018). Indeed, the report shows that for a laptop used 3 years by its owner (which is the current average for the frequency of renewal in Europe), 80% of the energy used during the whole life of the product is consumed during the production phase.

Therefore, there is a need for a new way of owning electronic devices in order to prevent three main challenges:

Disastrous ecological impact of electronics

Planned obsolescence, both on software & hardware

Difficulty to repair laptops (the user is powerless).

While recycling electronic devices is extremely complicated, due to the fact that smartphones and laptop are composed of a variety of different metals very difficult to separate, Moltek aims to bring a solution to the ecological weight of electronic devices by focusing on Hardware as a Service (HaaS) to reduce the number of devices produced.

Moltek is an SME deeply rooted into the main principle of Circular Economy – to involve all the stakeholders of the value chain to cooperate in the design of a eco-friendly solution.

The goal of Moltek is to fight against planned obsolescence in the field of electronics (both hardware and software) in order to increase the lifespan of electronic devices. Therefore, its goal is to promote functionality economy as a way to reduce the weight of producing electronics devices.

From this perspective,

Moltek has developed a “HaaS” offer for a variety of electronic devices. Services offered by Moltek

include for instance optimization of the laptop, assistance for repairing, complete check-up, theft-warranty,(...), with thorough customer service.

Moltek aim to develop a modular computer

A set of PC (including different models made for basic or more advanced uses)

A set of laptops, aiming at various users.

Designed to be easily repaired by the user and bring a truly repairable/ modular laptop to the market.

Solution Development

The aim of the project developed by Moltek is to develop the functionality economy by focusing on two aspects:

Firstly, to develop a truly repairable, modular laptop. The main objective is indeed to bring to the market a laptop with a potential life expectancy of 10 years, allowing this laptop aims at behind easily repaired, with a system of spare parts and push/press buttons to simplify the manipulation of the device. Moreover, the project is to go beyond by designing a software able to self-evaluate the “health” of the parts.

Overall, the objective of this laptop is also to empower users of electronic devices. On the one hand, Moltek helps “reassuring” the customer by providing a complete customer service, helping users with their electronic device. On the other hand, users are given the opportunity to manipulate the devices (when they first assemble it or repair it) and to have a basic understanding of its whole functioning. Finally, collectively owning a device (instead of buying one and be the only responsible of it) helps developing a sensibility, where users are more aware of the need to extend the lifespan of there electronics devices.

Secondly, to develop the HaaS offered by Moltek by modernising the software currently used to manage the stocks and running devices. The aim of this software development is to pave the way for a new line of services proposed by Moltek: to offer the development of “HaaS” for other enterprises, where Moltek would promote functionality economy.

In terms of software development Moltek needs a technical support to develop a modern and Open Source ERP dedicated to Hardware-as-a-Service.

Moltek needs to:

Add functionalities to the current back office to smoothly manage all internal and external

stakeholders of the circular economy project.

Reinforce the current modules of the back office to be able to publish them, and to allow other companies to use them for their own circular economy projects.

Modernise the current back office by making it compatible with a state-of-the-art Open Source ERP.

These software developments aim to provide a software product that Moltek will be able to monetise by offering its expertise to other companies.

In the end, the aim of this software development is for Moltek to sell it to other companies aiming to develop a service offer.

The first stage is to design and build a prototype and then conduct trials and testing after that further funding will be sought for production or licencing.

DOES this project look like something you would want to help. If so please donate and we will list you as a contributor on our website. Donations over £50 will give you an offer of 50% discount (retail price expected to be £199) on the first modular computers when they are built, you will be the first to own one for less than £100!

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Nathan John 
Swansea Enterprise Park, Wales, United Kingdom
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