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  • Modular Electronics for Greener Tech

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    My firm has been working on the Bug Labs platform for some time now, and I'm glad to see it getting some of the attention it deserves. I think more focus can be given to the Green aspects of this design - you buy modules you want, instead of a whole new machine. This is similar to the drive to have universal cellphone chargers. When your cellphone breaks, the charger, while perfectly good, goes into the trash. Bug Labs allows to you to add or subtract functionality, or share with your friends, more easily. Many of my designer friends have resisted buying multifunction printers for this reason. The print heads die quickly - but the scanner still works...so you wind up with a choice - buy all new, keep a GIANT scanner with a useless printer or...? Some manufacturers let you replace the print heads more easily, but this is far from standard. Make electronics more modular and people can upgrade, replace and grow their tech while staying more environmentally friendly and economical.

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