ThinkPads are built from up to 30 percent post-consumer content and the company
is using water jugs and used IT equipment to manufacture its LCD covers, palm
rests and cases. Lenovo notes it has used 42 million gross pounds of
post-consumer content in its Think products since 2005.
As part of the company's lifecycle design process, the laptops
also meet Energy Star 5.0 for high energy efficiency and are rated EPEAT Gold
in the U.S. for their environmental attributes. The 2010 laptops are 40 percent
more energy efficient than previous Thinkpad laptops, and are shipped in
100-percent recycled packaging that can be tossed into a recycling bin.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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