Fujitsu's 'Corn' PC

It's a regular PC inside casing made of bio-plastics. Now on sale in Japan, it could hit the U.S. next.

LAS VEGAS--This PC is made out of corn. And no, you cannot eat it.

It's actually the third generation of the Biblo PC from Fujitsu, which showed off the laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The inside is a normal PC, but the outside casing is made out of material that's 50 percent plant-based materials, and 50 percent regular plastics. To make it, they take regular ears of corn, process it down to corn starch, and turn that into a polymer alloy. Fujitsu says it cuts down on carbon dioxide emissions during the manufacturing process by 15 percent. Unfortunately, the PCs are only on sale in Japan.

Corn PC 1
The casing of this Fujitsu PC is made half out of corn-based bio-materials and half out of traditional plastic. Fujitsu says it cuts down on carbon dioxide released during manufacturing by 15 percent. Erica Ogg/CNET News.com

Corn PC 2
Though it's biodegradable on the outside, on the inside, it's a normal PC. Fujitsu sells the corn-based PC for the same price as a regular plastic-encased PC, despite a more expensive manufacturing process. Erica Ogg/CNET News.com

What's even more interesting is that Fujitsu sells the corn-based PC for the same price as a regular plastic-encased PC, despite a more expensive manufacturing process. The model pictured here is pretty full-featured, so the equivalent price is about $2,000.

Fujitsu is currently considering whether to release a corn-based PC here in the U.S., according to the senior vice president of marketing for Fujitsu, Ryan McCormack. But it's still up in the air.

Even if it did come here, it wouldn't have to be made out of corn to achieve the same results. According to McCormack, potatoes and castor oil offer the same energy-saving benefits as corn.

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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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