Impact on the Environment
What is wearable technology?
Wearable Technology is where people buy technology that you can wear on yourself and usually has an internet connection. There are many different ones that you can wear in different places. You can wear them on your wrist and they also have glasses that have wifi in them or have something in them to make you see better. Most Wearable Technology is very unique in its own way. Wearable Technology will one day be one of the most popular things in the world.
Examples of Wearable Technology
What is the effect of wearable technology on the environment?
With the inflation of new wearable technology, buying more gadgets contributes to the increase amount of e-waste (electronic waste) . According to WIPO, by 2017 the annual
volume of e-waste will increase by some 33 percent to an estimated 65.4 million tons. The disposal of e-waste is extremely toxic. Complex devices can contain 60 elements from the periodic table.
It stands out of the way of using natural resources. A lot of Wearable Technology is flexible and only uses energy when the image is changed making it a friendly factor to the environment.
"A Scarcity of Rare Metals Is Hindering Green Technologies." By Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2015.
(The articles by Jones is about the increased use of rare materials used in items from cell phones to larger equipment. She also addresses the need for replacements for the rare materials.)
"Where to Find Rare Earth Elements." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2015.
(Ramirez mainly writes about the mobile devices use of rare earth materials. One can help by recycling one’s phone. Rare materials are mostly found in China, and are not easy to mine.)
"China Drops Its Export Limits on Rare Earths." The New York Times. The New York Times, 06 Jan. 2015. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.
(The government in Beijing wants to conserve dwindling resources and limit environmental damage from mining but has imposed no restrictions on the production and use of rare earth materials by companies within China.