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Can a laptop reduce air pollution?

MSI is working on a concept that would release negative ions.

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Everything is going green, as we were just saying, though that doesn't necessarily mean hemp. There are all types of environmentally friendly technologies, of course, and MSI is experimenting with one that releases negatively charged ions to literally clear the air.

Trying to show that it's not just about superficialities, the Taiwanese computer maker is working on a concept notebook that can release as many as 550,000 ions per cubic centimeter, which PClaunches says is "more than if you were right next to mountains and beaches." As a result, MSI claims, the Anion PR620 Computer "absorbs dust particles in the air to prevent inhaling into human body." The laptop would supposedly remove everything from offensive smells to cigarette smoke and toxic gases.

It would certainly beat having one of those aromatherapy gadgets plugged into the USB port. But if it does become a reality, we hope it fares better than the Sharper Image.