Solve wasted heat and office greenery in one
From How to Geek:
I can’t exactly recall when the idea came to me, but at some point I started wanting to use the heat from a computer as a way to warm the soil and help with germination/growth. I became hooked on the idea of using computer heat as a way to control the soil temperature of some sort of living plant life.
The result is a rather clever design that uses acrylic cylinders filled with soil to draw heat up to to the planter in the top of the case. Hit up the link below for a very detailed run down of the project including results from various temperature tests.
Equally, most office workers (particularly solicitors it seems) like to be surrounded by greenery, plants and other nick-nacks better suited to a greenhouse. Personally, I’ve never seen the attraction with indoor plants; I couldn’t even get jazzed by growing cacti.
So, what could be better than a computer-mounted mini garden which uses heat generated from the PC to enhance growth? Better than a Tupperware box full of seeds left to germinate on the office window sill, right?
And please: no comments on health and safety. If water leaks through causing the circuit to short and the thing goes up in flames, so be it. It’s a good metaphor for what’s happening to the planet if nothing else.