The consumer electronics sector is booming with tons of gadgets which promise to replace their predecessors and in return let you, as a user, have a shiny new device. It is so happening that gadgets with even minor hardware failures are being disposed despite the fact that a majority of other components are still intact. It is estimated that more than 20-Million tons of e-waste is produced every year and the most disturbing aspect is the fact that it not only gobbles up the landfill but is also hazardous for the environmental ecosystem.
Now let’s shift our focus to the solution part rather than the problem part and what we see here is Nascent Objects, a company that is set to redefine the product cycle of our gadgets. Nascent Objects will be pushing the people to assemble gadgets from a standardized set of modules which would result in a very different device as per the combination.
Yes, this endeavour is pretty much same to the Google’s Project Ara with the only difference being that the Nascent Objects want to extrapolate the idea to the entire hardware ecosystem of the world. The platform is made of a bunch of electronic modules which are connected to a 3D-printed brackets. You can start of the process by deciding on the shape of the module, this requires the user to upload the 3D image into the Nascent Object software. Now you can simply drag and drop modules from the library to the desired location of the object.
While this might sound a tad bit technical, fret not, the software will calculate the circuitry paths needed and it also prints the same on a plastic chassis thus forming the barebones structure for your gadget. Now all you need to do is click the electronic modules at their place and then add the external shell, that’s it you are done with the product design.
The think tank behind Nascent Objects is led by Baback Elmieh and he had something interesting to say about the current trends in the industry, “We’ve gotten really used to this idea that you can have whatever you want to have with software.” What Baback said also reminds me of yet another era, remember the early 2000s wherein even if you wanted a new feature added to the phone, the only way out was to change your device. In the same manner the hardware industry is certain to change and modular approach seems to be the most righteous one.
Baback in his due course of research found out that 80 percent of the devices could be built from the common parts. If you are wondering, why the companies don’t come public with the homogeneity, then you guessed it right – all it would do is plummet their profits.
Nascent Objects has already launched its debut product called the Droppler, which is a compact water monitoring system which will let you keep a track of the water consumption. The outer cone is made up of porcelain and is designed by the famous Ammunition Design studio, the company also responsible for designing Obi smartphones.
The monitoring system has been synced up with an algorithm that is capable of recognising the water source with the help of the Audio signature. The system pivots on the very concept that different water sources like tap, dishes and hands make a different noise every time it lands on the kitchen sink. So when the Doppler hears the water running, it just measures the same by listening to the audio signal.
Now if you decide that you no more need the water monitoring system, instead of just throwing it, what you can do is detach the modules and build up a new gadget.