18 Jul 2013
Self-destructing gadgets dissolve when no longer needed
Imagine this: There's no need to throw out your old smartphone or tablet, because it will self-destruct.
That's the idea behind a project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where researchers are investigating how to build electronics that vanish in water.
The goal of the "born to die" program is to design transient technology that can dissolve at the end of its useful life, thus saving space in landfills and reducing waste.
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