VOLTA V - sustainable wooden computer
VOLTA V
-
Ty Underwood
CDO Technology
-
A designer's workstation computer made of beautiful materials 
designed to be cherished for a decade.
There's a problem with how computers are made. 
They're designed to be disposable, to look new only until next year's model. I identified two types of computers for designers designed to be replaced in only a few years:

1  Some computers for designers are currently made with fine materials on the outside, but can't be repaired or upgraded. 

2  Other computers are made with standard, replaceable parts, but their conspicuous, kitschy designs are made of non-durable materials and quickly dated.

(Prototype in Walnut)
A large monitor can fit on top as there are no top vents. A keyboard can fit underneath to stow when a designer needs space for analog work. 
Volta V is a solution to these problems. It is a beautiful computer that fits neatly into a designer's workspace, physically and aesthetically. It is made of touchable durable materials. The standardized parts can be replaced and upgraded, letting Volta V be a cherished object for many years. 
(Early Prototype in Bamboo)
The lid is held on with magnets, making for easy entry to upgrade and repair your Volta V. Each part has its own area on one layer for simple communication of function. No wood screws are used, instead metal screw inserts with bolts for durability. 
Some challenges solved when designing Volta V:

- User access to all the parts simultaneously with no screws or latches

- Quiet airflow with no exhaust vents on the top or front

- A monitor shelf and keyboard storage in 5.5" of total height

- All this be done in a minimal number of manufactured parts

- All of this designed in a way that seems obvious after you see it
(Prototype in Bamboo)
Most desktop monitors can't be raised to an ergonomic eye-line height. Even on a very shallow desk like the one pictured, Volta V can fit under and raise the monitor, while creating space for stowing the keyboard. 
You can learn more about Volta V at volta.computer
VOLTA V - sustainable wooden computer
289
4,396
16
Published:

VOLTA V - sustainable wooden computer

Volta V is a beautiful, powerful computer that fits neatly into a designer's workspace, physically and aesthetically. It is made of touchable dur Read More
289
4,396
16
Published: