In what looks like something out of a spy movie, university researchers have come up with electronic devices that self-destruct.
No, you’re not going to see any Mission: Impossible-style explosions here. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, they’re working on electronics that dissolve in water.
While this may seem like a really, really bad idea if you’ve ever dropped your phone into a body of water, the idea is that these dissolving electronic parts will actually be better for the environment, and better for the health of humans in the long run.
John Rogers, a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the university, is one of the researchers behind the ‘born to die’ program, and says that the technology isn’t there yet, but the proof-of-concept certainly is there.
“You don’t need your cell phone to last for 25 or 50 years,” Rogers said to The Associated Press. “Nobody wants to keep it for that long anyway.”Read More »from Self-destructing electronics have potential to help the planet