Now, laptop maker Asus is well known for its willingness to bring all sorts of hi-tech compounds into the manufacture of its notebook computers, but it hasn't ignored more traditional materials. It's already released a leather-clad laptop and has now begun touting what it claims is the world's first bamboo computer. the bamboo EcoBook looks rather good. Like the leather machine, the EcoBook is built out of all the usual plastic and metal materials - all "environmentally friendly [and] recyclable", Asus pledged - but equipped with a bamboo veneer. Asus (who make some pretty good computer products) have announced a new line of notebook computers with a number of features that will appeal to EcoGeeks.