Electronic equipment and gadgets are the fastest growing waste stream in many countries. For many, electronics are part of modern life – cell phones, laptops, TVs and a growing number of gadgets. Every year we buy new, updated equipment to support our needs and wishes – in 2012, global sales of new equipment included 238.5 million televisions, 444.4 million computers and tablets, and 1.75 billion mobile phones (Gartner).
According to E-Stewards, Electronic waste isn’t just waste — it contains some very toxic substances, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium and brominated flame retardants. When the latter are burned at low temperatures, they create additional toxins, such as halogenated dioxins and furans – some of the most toxic substances known to humankind. The toxic materials in electronics can cause cancer, reproductive disorders, endocrine disruption, and many other health problems if this waste stream is not properly managed. Many of the toxic constituents are elements, which means they never disappear, even though they may change form. Other toxic chemicals in electronics do not break down over time, instead accumulating in the food chain and biosphere.
Touch becomes a basic input method for interactive computer systems, but requires users to replace their old PC monitors with touch monitors before Zmartframe exists. If it really goes on, millions of old PC monitors would be disposed as eWaste that hurt much to our planet. The idea behind Zmartframe is simple, to make a device that could transform old monitor with multi touch capability and more.
Zmartframe is compatible with Win XP/7/8 under Window mode. Under Android Mode, Zmartframe transforms itself into an all-in-one Android touch PC enabling users to enjoy millions of apps on their old monitor screen under Android platform, a powerful standalone main unit that take over almost 99% of the functions of a PC.
Zmartframe is now ready to move forward for mass production. With adequate funding support, they can accelerate the momentum to realize worldwide availability of Zmartframe which reincarnate millions of old monitors into new era main units. They are looking for US $200,000 in this phase to move forward for Zmartframe mass production
I give this project an A because it solves a real problem for individuals and the planet. It's well thought out.
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