21 Jul '11, 4pm

Wonder where your cell phone, camera, or computer went after you donated/recycled/lost it? MIT is tracking them down:

Wonder where your cell phone, camera, or computer went after you donated/recycled/lost it? MIT is tracking them down:

MIT used GPS tracking devices embedded in gadgets from cell phones to printer cartridges to netbooks. They used those tracking devices to watch where the devices went. But even more interesting is that with the netbooks, the lab also used software in the built-in webcams to record images. Check out what all that data told the lab: Engadget points out, "Sooner or later, the device you're reading this on will either be sold, donated, recycled or otherwise disposed of; and unless you're particularly nostalgic about old gadgets like us, you likely won't ever give it much more thought." It's a disturbingly true statement. We should care about where old devices go -- they contain precious metals (that we're running out of) that can be reused in new gadgets, and they cause incredible amounts of pollution when not recycled properly, as happens in e-waste dumps. Why don't more of u...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/where-do-old-gadg...

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