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.

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