Instead of adding to landfill waste, devices could be dipped in water to make them disappear.
Born To Die is an exciting new concept that aims to design technology that will dissolve at the end of its lifespan. Researchers are envisioning a future where your smartphone or tablet can dissolve once it no longer serves a purpose.
This innovative new idea is the result of a research project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that is trying to create “transient technology” – devices and electronics that can dissolve in water.
While the team still has a long way to go, they have managed to design a chip built on a thin film of silk that dissolves when sprayed with water.
Apart from the problems that would occur if your dropped your phone in a puddle, there is also the issue of heavy metals and other chemicals making their way into the soil and groundwater – something that may just replace landfill pile up with a slightly different problem.
Here’s a video that demonstrates the team’s progress so far: