Apple’s new recycling robot can disassemble 200 iPhones in a single hour

April 20, 2018 by  
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Just in time for Earth Day , Apple has unveiled a new recycling robot — and it can disassemble 200 iPhones in a single hour. Daisy can successfully extract parts from nine types of iPhones — and for every 100,000 devices it can salvage 1,900 kg of aluminum, 770 kg of cobalt, 710 kg of copper and 11 kg of rare earth elements. The robot represents a major step forward in Apple ’s mission to someday build its devices entirely from recycled materials. “We created Daisy to have a smaller footprint and the capability to disassemble multiple models of iPhones with higher variation compared to Liam ” — an earlier iteration of the company’s recycling robotics — Apple said in its 2018 Environmental Responsibility Report . Ultimately, Apple hopes to develop a closed-loop production system in which every reusable part of older devices is utilized in new ones. “To meet our goal, we must use 100 percent, responsibly sourced, recycled or renewable materials and ensure the equivalent amount is returned to market,” Apple said in its report. “Recognizing that this goal could take many years to reach, we remain committed to responsible sourcing of primary materials as we make the transition.” Though Apple has yet to release a timeline for its full transition, it has started active projects to recycle rare earth metals , paper products and more common metals from its supply chain. Related: Apple is now “globally powered by 100% renewable energy” Apple plans to add Daisy robots to several locations throughout the United States and Europe. Because the company is currently only able to incorporate used devices that it receives directly, Apple will emphasize its GiveBack program, in part by offering company credit for returned devices. Thanks to its recycling initiatives, Apple has already reduced its primary aluminum consumption by 23 to 25 percent since 2015. Despite the company’s initial success, some observers have advocated for more fundamental changes in Apple’s model. Greenpeace USA senior IT sector analyst Gary Cook said , “Rather than another recycling robot, what is most needed from Apple is an indication that the company is embracing one of the greatest opportunities to reduce its environmental impact: repairable and upgradeable product design.” Via Business Green Images via Apple

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New super batteries could charge phones in seconds and electric cars in minutes

December 7, 2016 by  
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A scientific breakthrough at the University of Surrey could completely change how we charge our devices. Researchers developed a new material that could be used to create supercapacitors 1,000 to 10,000 times more powerful than conventional batteries . The new super batteries would also be safer, faster charging, more efficient, and greener. The breakthrough is made possible by a special type of polymer that is, surprisingly enough, adapted from the principles used to make soft contact lenses. Supercapacitors have long been considered a superior alternative to batteries – able to charge and discharge energy incredibly quickly. However, until now, the materials used for these devices have had a poor energy density that limited their usefulness. This new, denser polymer could change all that. This groundbreaking new technology could allow electric cars to finally become competitive with conventional vehicles. Cars equipped with the new supercapacitors could be charged in minutes, taking no longer than the time it takes to fill a normal vehicle with gasoline. It could also completely transform our household devices and appliances, allowing phones and laptops to charge in mere seconds. Related: MIT’s new carbon-free supercapacitor could revolutionize the way we store power The development seems to confirm what Elon Musk has been predicting for years : that supercapacitors are likely the future of electric transportation. With this new breakthrough, it’s only a matter of time before faster-charging EVs capable of traveling far longer distances hit the market. Via The Daily Mail Images via Myrtle Beach TheDigitel and Pixabay

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New app uses smartphones to help predict earthquakes

February 13, 2016 by  
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Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley just released a free Android app that uses smartphone accelerometers to detect earthquakes — and it could potentially warn users of upcoming seismic activity. The app, called MyShake , is available on the Google Play store and runs on minimal power in the background, so users will hardly even know it’s there. An iPhone app is currently in the works. Read the rest of New app uses smartphones to help predict earthquakes

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Cracked cellphone screens will soon be able to repair themselves

June 23, 2015 by  
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Have you ever been misfortunate or clumsy enough to drop your phone, leaving a spiderweb of cracks that, at best, serves as an embarrassing conversation starter or, at worst, turns your phone into an expensive paperweight? Within five years, our smartphones could all hold the technology to self-repair cracks completely on their own. Read the rest of Cracked cellphone screens will soon be able to repair themselves Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon based healing agents , carbon fiber composites , cellphone screen crack , duncan wass , self repairing cellphone screen , self repairing screen , smartphone screen crack , university of bristol

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

September 12, 2014 by  
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India currently has one of the largest populations of cell phone users in the world – the nation is expected to have 815 million users by year’s end. To help expand its growing communication network, the Indian government has announced plans to erect as many as 2,200 solar-powered mobile communication towers in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Read the rest of India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andhra Pradesh , bihar , carbon emissions , carbon footprint , cell phone towers , chhattisgarh , diesel-powered cell phone towers , digital india , economically underdeveloped Indian states , India , indian government , jharkhand , largest number of cell phone users , left-wing extremism , madhya pradesh , Maharashtra , mobile phone industry , Odisha , refueling cell phone towers , renewable energy , smartphones , solar powered cell phone towers , telecom regulatory authority , trai , uttar pradesh , west bengal

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers in Response to Extremism

September 10, 2014 by  
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The Indian government just launched a plan to use solar-powered cell phone towers in response to left-wing extremism in the central belt of the country. The central government approved the ambitious project, and it will be erecting as many as 2,200 solar-powered mobile communication towers in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Read the rest of India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers in Response to Extremism Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andhra Pradesh , bihar , carbon emissions , carbon footprint , cell phone towers , chhattisgarh , diesel-powered cell phone towers , digital india , economically underdeveloped Indian states , India , indian government , jharkhand , largest number of cell phone users , left-wing extremism , madhya pradesh , Maharashtra , mobile phone industry , Odisha , refueling cell phone towers , renewable energy , smartphones , solar powered cell phone towers , telecom regulatory authority , trai , uttar pradesh , west bengal

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Energy Efficient 46-Unit Passivhaus Bruck Building Opens In China

September 10, 2014 by  
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Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

September 1, 2014 by  
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The smartphone capital of the world has found an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to charge all those homegrown Samsungs and other mobile devices— Seoul, South Korea , is planning to install five charging stations powered by three mini- hydroelectric turbines embedded in the manmade Cheonggyecheon River that runs through the capital’s downtown. Read the rest of Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Charging Station , Cheonggyecheon River , Enomad , hydroelectric turbines , kinetic energy , renewable power , seoul , smartphones , south korea , water power

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Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

August 13, 2014 by  
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Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan while the sounds of the city surround you: the cabbie is honking his horn, the store owner is blasting music, and construction workers are carrying on a loud conversation. Now imagine that all of this noise gives your smartphone a battery boost! This scenario could be a reality soon thanks to scientists from  Nokia and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) , who have successfully charged a phone using zinc oxide nanowires that convert sound-caused vibrations into electricity — called the piezoelectric effect. Read the rest of Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: background noise , cell phones , charge , mobile phones , nanowires , Nokia , Queen Mary University of London , recharge , smartphones , sounds , traffic noise , zinc oxide

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MIT Engineers Create New Hybrid Materials That Could ‘Grow’ Electronic Devices

March 31, 2014 by  
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A team of MIT engineers have created ‘living cells’ made from bacteria that could be used to ‘grow’ electronic devices. The cells are then used to produce biofilms that incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. The resulting ‘living materials’ could produce complex biological molecules, which could be utilised in solar cells, self-healing materials, diagnostic sensors and even smartphones. Read the rest of MIT Engineers Create New Hybrid Materials That Could ‘Grow’ Electronic Devices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electronic gadgets , gadgets , green materials , living cells , living materials , MIT , smartphones , Timothy Liu        

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