How to design an indestructible computer

It''s funny to see how people are dealing with computers...

But on the other side, I think that it would be an interesting exercise to design an indestructible computer. One that would survive if its owner will put it in the fridge to cool it down. After all, we designed computers that would survive to high levels of radiations in space. Why we wouldn't be able to design one that can be cleaned up with a garden hose?


Comments (3)

  1. Chris Auld says:

    My Panasonic CF18 Toughbook Tablet comes pretty close…..

  2. At my employer, we make ruggedized computers. They are waterproof, and very rugged. They can survive anything short of a bullet, and even then it would have to be a pretty big bullet.

    Some key things:

    – Industrial temperature ranges (-40C to +85C)

    – Passive cooling

    – Sealed enclosure (waterproof)

    – CNC machined aluminum (not sheet metal)

    – Mil-Spec connectors (waterproof)

    Our products go in all kinds of "interesting" places, like:

    – Bomb detectors

    – Submarines

    – Hubble Telescope

    – International Space Station

    – Weather Balloons

    – Underside of tractor trailers

    – F-34 Scramjet

    – UAVs

    Some interesting stories:

    – Aircraft had one of our systems onboard. Crashed into the deck of an aircraft carrier. Our system still works.

    – One of our systems was put into a rocket. The rocket fell over on the launch pad and exploded. Our system still booted and ran.

    – One of our systems with a GPS and wireless modem is floating on an iceberg, tracking it’s location.

    – One of our customers has one of our systems in a missile launcher. Our system is next to the exhaust port. It survives the heat/pressure from a missile launch.

    They could definitely be cleaned with a garden hose.

    Cost for such a system? $30,000 to $50,000.

    My employer’s web page:

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