Laptops as bio-hazard? Dust problems in the desert? Just stick them in a miniature “clean room” environment. Chris Martinez of effect69 writes us with details:

Worried about dust and dirt? PowerBook got an alien plague? This should help.

Burning Man 2006: Hope & Fear the Future

When we were asked to play on the playa, I immediately thought of all of the stories of â€Å“That dust gets everywhereâ€Â? and did I really want all of my precious gear getting destroyed? Would you? No! So I went to work on a plan that would help keep most of the dust and elements off of the gear. â€Å“Bio-Hazardâ€Â? containment boxes a â€Å“Clean Roomâ€Â? of sorts. If something could keep particles from reaching the air, then I could keep particles from reaching the gear. As you can see the burners were impressed by our research on brining digital gear to the festival.

The boxes are made of 1/4� acrylic and the holes are made from 5 1/4� PVC with Large black rubber clean up gloves. Obviously, the boxes are in the 1.0 stage and if we go back to BM in 2007 2.0 should be even better. All because we love to create digital music!

Brilliant work, Chris! Now all we need is a carry-on blast chamber for the occasional bad battery on a plane.

  • Patrick Gavin

    That's awesome. Was there an air filtration system, or was it completely closed? If closed, did the Pbooks get hot?

    The times I've taken 'puters to the playa, I've done a filtration system for the CPU and open monitor and keyboard.

  • http://www.effect69.com Chris Martinez

    We had originally built the boxes to be closed but ran out of time the table was the bottom. We had no filtration system but did think about it if the box was closed. You can remove the gloves so that helped with some venting. We played at night so had no real problems with heat. During set up in the afternoon we had some heat issues of course. Really it was a “Turntableâ€Â? dust cover that looked cooler…;) 2.0 should be better I want to add a door and some sort of opening for cables.

    Thanks for checking it out! do you have any pics of your stuff?

    cheers,

    c

  • Patrick Gavin

    Sorry. No pics. :(

    So long ago…

  • http://www.effect69.com Chris Martinez

    i'ts all good… I just put up a new video on http://www.myspace.com/effect69 of our recent "trip" to burningman. The video is for our new single "SuperStars" take a peek when you have a chance.

    cheers,

    c

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  • http://www.moldover.com Moldover

    That's a great setup. I've been bringing my laptop to the playa for several years now. My solution this year was a modified briefcase: pic 1 pic 2 pic 3 I made a mount for my MIDI controller to sit right on ontop of the open case. This minimized my footprint which was very helpful. The case worked like a charm at night but it would overheat during the day. The quick fix was to put it ontop of a bag of ice. (Not very elegant, but still effective!) Next year I'm going to check out liquid or dry-ice cooling systems…

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