A young tech startup Pangea Electronics, based in Berlin (Germany), is prototyping and developing a modular notebook Pangea Sun. It will feature an exchangeable Battery module, OS module (which includes processor and memory), Screen module and Keyboard module. Its advantage is that customers don’t have to buy a new notebook to update the processor. Because of the modular construction any part can be replaced and individually modified.
In a addition to modular laptop the company is designing modular mini-PC, labeled as Pangea Mercury.
But modular computers are not the only great idea. Guys behind Pangea Electronics want to organise their company to account for social and environmental factors. They want to renew everything in a laptop business: there won’t be a buying price or buying per se, you can get your Pangea Sun for just $19/month (Pangea Mercury for $9/month) and constantly upgrade it by getting new modules, so the laptop is always up-to-date. They want create a fair IT-economy, produce all parts in Africa and pay fair salaries to people.
At present, early stage startup founders are financing and developing everything by themselves. Such ambitious project needs a lot of resources and money to invest. Let’s hope Pangea will find the right investors and make a market appearance soon.