updated 04:50 pm EDT, Mon March 10, 2008
ASUS bamboo computers
ASUS has debuted an unusual series of concept computers that rely on alternative case materials. Where most cases rely on materials like aluminum, titanium or plastic, the company's Bamboo computers are in fact made of the namesake natural wood, which has multiple advantages. Aside from being more aesthetically appealing, bamboo should be more environmentally friendly; it is readily renewable, unlike minerals or oils, and the material is biodegradable when it ultimately ends up in a garbage dump.
Designs exist for several possible computers, including versions of the U6 and S6 notebooks, as well as a purely theoretical one larger than its siblings. ASUS has also shown off a variant of the Essentio 110 mini PC, and its LS201, a 4:3 LCD monitor. As all of the products are just concepts, it is unknown if or when any commercial releases might take place.