As electronic devices increasingly permeate society, we must confront the question of how to manage the resulting e-waste of discarded cell phones, computers, iPods, and other electronic jetsam in an environmentally responsible way. Inspired by the problem, the fledgling company ecoATM has developed an innovative approach to eliminating eWaste with their prototype “ecoATM kiosk,” essentially a reverse vending machine for old cellphones. Old cellphone goes in; cash comes out.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.