Recycling Made Easy: Designers Repurpose Plastic Waste through Innovative Methods

Since 2016, the act of recycling has been gaining traction around the globe in one of the most unique and innovative ways. Using low-cost do-it-yourself (DIY) machines, designers are making recycled plastic products. At Bope Shop in downtown Chang Mai, Thailand, plastic trash is being transformed into marble patterned coasters, countertops, and much more. Most…

Samsung Announces Galaxy Upcycling Project

Samsung, the world’s largest handset producer has announced a reuse program that will allow customers to repurpose their old mobile devices. Designed and executed by Samsung’s C-Lab, an engineering team dedicated to creative projects, the program is an initiative to breathe new life into older Galaxy smartphones that, despite their age, are still relatively capable…

HOBI International, Inc. Weekly Recap 1/16-1/20

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 1/16-1/20 PC shipments continue to decline PC shipments continued a four-year decline last year. Gartner reports 72.6 million units shipped during Q4 2016, a 3.7 percent fall from Q4 2015. Stanford researchers design battery including fire extinguisher Combustible batteries are one of the…

Stanford researchers design battery including fire extinguisher

Combustible batteries are one of the tech industry’s top concerns, thanks to many reports of battery fires involving hoverboards and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 devices. Experts around the world are working to create safer batteries, and Stanford University researchers may have found one solution. Stanford’s team of researchers created a lithium-ion battery that includes a…

The Supreme Court reaches decision in Samsung design infringement case

After months of deliberation, the Supreme Court has reached a decision in Samsung and Apple’s design infringement case. Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled Samsung only violated one component of Apple’s design patent instead of the entire device, meaning Samsung may not be forced to pay penalties. In 2012, a jury ruled Samsung’s smartphone design…

Project Ara cancellation demonstrates sustainable device design challenges

Google’s plan to build a modular cellphone with interchangeable parts, known as Project Ara, has been suspended indefinitely. While Google may not release a device, there are rumors of Google working with partners through licensing agreements to bring the technology to market. Project Ara could potentially set the groundwork to more sustainable device design. Modular…

Apple reveals iPhone 7, Watch Series 2, iOS 10 and other updates

Apple concluded their annual September event earlier this afternoon and put an end to all iPhone 7 speculation. Along with revealing the newest version of their flagship mobile device, Apple showed off new Watch updates, iOS 10, revamped Apple Music platform, App store exclusives, a new education platform called ConnectED and iWork improvements. Apple kicked…