Last month was full of news about computer construction moving away from accessibility and repairability and becoming hands-off for consumers. Apple even briefly walked away from the EPEAT certification program that requires products to be easily disassembled for recycling and repair because their design plans for sleeker, smaller laptops were starting to include industrial-strength glue instead of screws.
Moving in the exact opposite direction, Fujitsu is now letting customers build and fully assemble their own computers at its production facilities in Japan. Since 2004, the company has held workshops for elementary and middle school students to teach them the ins and outs of computer assembly, but now, as Springwise reports, "the new Hands-on Custom PC Assembly Service will open that up to consumers all over Japan, combining Fujitsu PC components together with engineer-led assembly support and direction so that those of all ages and skill levels can learn about PC hardware while assembling a customized notebook or desktop computer."
Letting customers assemble their own PCs lets them take real ownership of their devices and could even inspire them to go DIY on repairs and replacement parts. DIY gadget repair helps to extend the life of devices and means a lot less e-waste when individual parts are able to be replaced.
After the customers build their computers, Fujitsu has engineers examine them thoroughly, then ships them to the customers and includes a three-year warranty for free. Customers can even have their names engraved on the case or mouse of the machine they build.
The program starts this month through travel company T-Gate, but will expand to PC instruction schools and various event sponsors too. Prices will vary based on the size of class and types of computers being built.