Apple’s Self Repair Kit More Expensive Than Manufacturer Repair?

As the idea of consumers repairing their own device has spread, many tech giants have announced self repair programs, Apple being the most surprising. The Apple self repair kits were intended to be a more cost effective alternative for device repairs, however, the home repair kit may end up being even more expensive than manufacturer…

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IT assets designed for disassembly could help the global e-scrap crisis

Amsterdam-based Studio Formafantasma, founded by Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, is known for their beautiful and poetic objects that range from lighting to home furniture. But the studio has taken a different direction as of late. Recently, the design duo has been applying its efforts towards tackling one of the biggest problems we’re facing today:…

Biodegradable battery made of paper could help with e-waste reduction

Binghamton University researchers say that they have created a biodegradable, paper-based battery that is more efficient than they previously thought before. Of course, there have been other paper-based batteries proposed before. However, the proposals in the past might have been eco-friendly alternatives, but the designs were never quite powerful enough and were difficult at best…

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HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 12/11-12/15

The following is a recap of the HOBI blog during the week of 12/11-12/15. U.K. students research cheaper tools for identifying plastics Team Matoha, a group composed of four undergraduate students at Imperial College London, is looking into developing low-cost instruments that will manually identify and sort plastic materials based on resin type. OEM representative…

Enhancing repairability of lithium-ion batteries in mobile devices

Enhancing Repairability of Lithium-Ion batteries in Mobile Devices by: Craig Boswell Concern for safe battery removal — particularly in mobile devices — is prompting processors, industry organizations and OEMs to examine design, manufacturing and disassembly procedures. Due to the highly volatile nature of lithium-ion batteries, establishing a set of industry safety standards and manufacturing protocols…