The community has weighed in, the votes have been tallied, and at last the wait is over. A winner has been selected in the ReGeneration: International Green Computing Technology Design Competition. Five incredibly inventive and environmentally responsible technology designs were recently showcased on the pages of ReGeneration.org, ranging from the fanciful to the practical, and the global online community was invited to discuss them and cast a vote for its favorite.
After many a spirited debate and over 3,000 votes were cast, the dust finally settled, and Vas Obeyesekere of Point Innovation's PC design, Evolve, emerged the winner. Every component in Evolve is modular, eliminating the need to replace your computer when the mad pace of technology has rendered it obsolete. Whether your PC usage requires basic or powerful tasks, Evolve's components can be customized to perform them, and when your computer needs evolve, you simply upgrade the necessary parts and plug it in. The beauty of the design is in it's simplicity. Nothing goes to waste, even the box it is shipped in can be used as a display stand, and it is the kind of computer you can imagine both home and business users alike using today. The insights and inspirations that molded Vas' design philosophy shed some light on the inner workings of the technology design world as a whole. To hear Vas' thoughts on Evolve and the future of green design, check out ReGeneration's interview with him here (scroll down to the bottom of the post). A complete list of the other winners and honorees can be found there as well.
Thanks are due to the judges, internationally respected sustainable design experts all, who sifted through the 185 entries to select just 5 finalists, and to the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) for its endorsement and support. Without organizations like IDSA, none of this would have been possible. Finally, we are immensely grateful to all of the participants for their fantastic entries. While this type of technology could be years away from becoming reality, it represents the creative thinking that will ultimately lead to a greener future.