A radio engineered entirely from electrical waste (E-waste) and everyday materials sourced during my time in Covid-19 lockdown.
Rapid innovation and lower costs of production have dramatically increased access to electronic products and digital technology, which in turn has led to a steep growth of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) / global E-waste.
The majority of E-waste could easily be reused or repaired, but complicated laws and legislation such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), End User License Agreements (EULA) and Intellectual Property laws simply prevent or discourage this from happening. The legal reinforcement and extreme criminal penalties for infringement has intimidated a generation of would-be researchers, tinkerers and inventors from seeing this waste as a sophisticated and prolific future resource.
By creating a radio made entirely from discarded E-waste components, I hope to not only raise awareness of this global catastrophe and the issues around legislation, but to also explore how we could develop new tools, systems and processes for more circular systems of production and give practical information on how to safely dispose of, reuse and re-engineer E-waste.