Is this the laptop of the future?
Nirav Patel spent a long time building cutting-edge hardware, both at Apple and at Oculus. But when he founded his own company, Framework, he picked a decidedly more mature (and maybe less exciting) product to focus on: PCs.
The Framework Laptop, the company’s first product, is a $999, 13.5-inch clamshell that looks and feels a lot like, well, every other laptop on the market. Except for the fact that you can take it apart, practically piece by piece, and repair or upgrade nearly everything inside. From the processor to the keyboard to the memory to the battery, Framework’s laptop is a vision for a future that gives users more control over their gadgets, and gives longer life to the gadgets themselves.
Patel joined the Source Code Podcast to discuss the journey of making the Framework Laptop, how the industry is changing thanks to right-to-repair laws and a societal turn toward conservation, the challenges faced by Framework and other companies making modular and upgradeable devices, and why the tech industry should be watching what’s happening in France.
For more on the topics discussed in this episode:
- Nirav Patel on Twitter
- iFixit’s Framework Laptop teardown
- In Defense of Dumb TVs
- The quest for sustainable consumer electronics: Rethinking products and business models
- The quest for sustainable consumer electronics: It’s not easy being green
For all the links and stories, head to Source Code’s homepage.