Somewhere, Russell Johnson smiles

Y’know the stand-up comedy cliche about how the professor from Gilligan’s Island could make a refracting telescope from palm fronds, bat guano and coconut shells, but he couldn’t fix the boat? Well, external hard drive manufacturer SimpleTech seems to have tapped into their collective inner Professor and developed a new drive whose case is made not from polycarbonate plastic, but recyclable aluminum and--get this--bamboo. Not only are the parts much easier to recycle, but they eliminate the need for a cooling fan.

On the down side, the drive mechanism itself has no internal motor, so get it to spin, you have to connect it to a bamboo and coconut stationary bike with a vine rope that runs from the wheel to the drive spindle.