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Ill. Researchers Build 'Vanishing' Tech Gear

Posted July 16, 2013 8:57 AM

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Imagine this: There's no need to throw out your old cellphone, 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.

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07/16/2013 4:07 PM

Err, domestic equipment "self destructs" already. Especially anything to do with Apple produced products....

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07/17/2013 10:03 AM

Anything that uses Windows has been pretty good at self-destructing, too.

The way I see it, building high tech gear that doesn't vanish is the real challenge.

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07/16/2013 6:32 PM

Of more concern to most users than the hassle of getting rid of unwanted tech. is the susceptibility of existing equipment to damage by water.

One thing I find curious about this idea is how the pollution produced by dissolving electronic equipment will be handled. If it is to all be shipped back to a central recycling location for destruction and capture of the reusable residue, that is fine. If it is to be washed down the kitchen sink with the leftovers, how will the toxic elements be made safe?

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07/16/2013 9:46 PM

Don't use when raining?

I'M Melting!

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07/16/2013 10:38 PM

Water only melts witches in the movies. I have been tossing water on my wife for some time now. All it does is annoy her and get me hit with her broom.

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07/17/2013 10:06 AM

Well, you could try gasoline.... It's wet, too.

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07/17/2013 7:29 PM

The "recyclers" will suffer - being out of work, and profit ...

The "Save the Planet" people will likely chip in a few words....

The budding engineers who "cobble" things together will suffer withdrawal....

The kids will have nothing to "take to bits," and parents lose hours of peace....

The third world will lose all their rubbish dump salvage ......

Could this instigate the start of a whole new world revolution?

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