Today is Earth Day and if you have an old printer, ancient computer or other just plain worn out technology around your office find out if any groups will take it off your hands today. Several communities around the country are conducting drives this week to gather and collect “e-waste,” making now a good time to get rid of that outdated gear that is gathering dust. For example today Orange County residents can recycle old electronics for free courtesy of All Green Electronics Recycling. The group is hosting an e-waste collection event from 10am to 2pm on Thursday.
And even if you can’t make it to such an event today or this week, it is worth contacting local organizations to hand in e-waste devices properly. The batteries, lead components and other internal parts in yesterday’s office technology can be hazardous to the environment, so the best option is dispose of it with an authorized collection company.
Unfortunately today, old office devices don’t have much of a continued demand in a secondary market. Even computers are typically not needed by charitable organizations and schools are now passing on taking “last years” (or older) technology. Much of this instead ends up in landfills, or just as often is send to third world countries where the limited amount of precious materials inside are stripped out in highly toxic means.
Fortunately today many products are being made to ensure that it is easier for today’s office technology to be recycled at the end of their lifecycle, but the problem is that many products reaching that point are so old that these are akin to toxic waste! So do you part by using an authorized domestic recycler.
Bluetooth Goes Version 4.0
While Wi-Fi and WiMAX get all the big hype, there is another popular wireless protocol that is still going strong. That of course is Bluetooth, the PLAN (or personal local area network) protocol. And now the technology is getting a Dick Tracy worthy makeover ? la watches. These have been around for a while, but soon could be replacing other wireless technologies for broadcasting short distances.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that the forthcoming Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0 will feature powerful low energy mode that could have new applications for health, sports and fitness as well as for security and home entertainment. This new version builds on the three main elements including class Bluetooth wireless technology, Bluetooth energy technology and notably Bluetooth high speed technology. These combined have application in watches that can be used to take advantage of low energy usage while collecting data for fitness or health sensors, while the classic wireless technology can send that data to a computer.
“Bluetooth v4.0 throws open the doors to a host of new markets for Bluetooth manufacturers and products such as watches, remote controls, and a variety of medical and in-home sensors,” says Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.
“Many of these products run on button-cell batteries that must last for years versus hours and will also benefit from the longer range enabled by this new version of the Bluetooth specification.”