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'Real World' Star

I'm Saving the World ...

With iPads

4/13/2012 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Ross -- aka the straight-laced
One man's trash is another man's treasure -- at least according to an ex-'Real World: Las Vegas' star, who's taking America's old, broken Apple products ... and turning them into charity gold.

It's pretty cool ... Michael Ross -- aka the straight-laced guy from 'RW' season 25 -- just started a non-profit called Greenest Genius that fixes up Macs, iPads, and iPods ... then donates a portion of the refurbished material back to impoverished children around the world.

Now here's the "genius" part -- the rest of the fixed-up products are then sold back to Americans to help finance the non-profit.

As for the above pics -- Ross tells us, they were snapped at an all-boys orphanage in El Progresso, Honduras recently ... where he donated one laptop, an iPad, and an iPod touch.

In case it wasn't already obvious ... Michael's company also helps the environment, preventing a bunch of otherwise hazardous electronics from filling American landfills -- hence the "Greenest" part of its name.

Steve Jobs would be proud.

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Keyser Söze    

Doesn't surprise me at all from Mike - a smart kid with one of the most hardcore background I've ever heard anyone coming from, black or white. Seriously, when you learn what happen to him as a youth, you will be shock he isn't a criminal or ever dead.

So keep doing what you're doing, Mike - contrary to most of your peers from RW, you're actually making a difference.

831 days ago
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Santo    

Yeesh, I hope they put a protective case on the iPod and iPad. One of those shared between a bunch of kids will eventually result in a nasty tug-of-war and a busted computer.

831 days ago
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Fat Mike    

I would have thought they'd be giving them away in America, considering it's pretty much a third world country.

831 days ago
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sars    

It's a sweet idea, but how are the kids supposed to charge their stuff? And who's to stop someone from stealing it from them to resell it?

830 days ago
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VOUDOU    

LOL @ 1 of each item. They will be in the possession of the principals kids in less than a week. How about help out at home a$$ face. Less than 1% handed out the rest is "funds"

830 days ago
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Stacey    

Well, this WOULD be cool if he actually accepted broken or damaged "i" products and fixed them...but they only take items in good/working condition or excellent condition...so, I'm not sure what the incentive is for people to sell working ipods and get $4 or $13 for them. I love the idea...but the business concept is a miss for me at this point.

830 days ago
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billproject    

Dude serious? Who are you? IS this an ADD paid by APPLE?
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, Apple/Foxxcon are MONSTERS! workers in the plant planning group suicides? Nets put up to avoid jumpers since it is so normal for workers to choose jumping other than continue life.... yup your buying those products creating more demand creating more abuse ! A-HOLE!

830 days ago
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AWCVN    

He donated one laptop, an iPad, and an iPod touch. Really!! Wow, that must have set him back about $300!

830 days ago
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Tigers Wood    

He's going to get rich once he gets the kidneys from them.

830 days ago
10.

BAMBI*    

APPLE PRODUCTS ARE MADE IN SWEATSHOPS!
...how about we fix that problem 1st!

830 days ago
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ZonaFort    

One man's trash is another man's treasure -- at least according to an ex-'Real World: Las Vegas' star, who's taking America's old, broken Apple products ... and turning them into charity gold.

http://www.montrealflowerdelivery.net/

830 days ago
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Tesla_Consulting    

So you're giving them a product that holds 15% of the market. Makes sense since the poor hold 15% of the power. I want to donate Ataris and E.T. games.

830 days ago
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Tesla_Consulting    

It's a sustainable NGO. Genius? I think genius is answered in time.

830 days ago
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Tesla_Consulting    

If you put on Ubuntu on the hardware, you could give more but you would lose the sustainable part. I sound very negative about this story.

830 days ago
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jdelanoi    

What are the children going to do when the battery on the iPad runs out? They don't exactly have outlets or electricity..

830 days ago
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