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Worn thin: the limits of a “logic of innovation”

People overwhelmingly value battery life over “thin”. Numerous studies have backed the idea that people want battery life more than any other “innovation”. So why do manufacturers seem to sideline this straight-forward desire in favour of “thin”?

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Sustainable design: focus on gadget longevity

We spoke at the Indie Tech Summit in July. There was a great deal of discussion about the broken business models for apps and online services, which are essentially based on corporate surveillance. The user gets a free product in exchange for selling his or her data. And very few users understand what they are […]

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Guest post: normalising repair and challenging “perceived obsolescence”

This post is by Brighton Repair Café co-founder Victoria Jackson. We started around the same time and we have so much in common. When we set up the Brighton Repair Café in November 2012 we didn’t realise how big the global fixer movement was going to become. We thought it was a great idea (having […]

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Keeping tabs on tablets

We were delighted to help BBC Journalist LJ Rich fix her iPad last month, a saga which airs this weekend on BBC Click. Her story of over 8 hours of concentration, disappointment and suspense communicates how hard our sleek, beloved tablets are to repair. While Apple is often the whipping boy, iFixit ratings remind us that other […]

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The march of the black boxes

This post was originally published in Electronics Weekly in our new series called Unscrewed. No doubt about it, tablets and mobiles are getting thinner and harder to open. More parts are glued, fused and soldered together, all in the pursuit of these sleek sealed gadgets. We’re reminded of an anecdote about the late Steve Jobs, […]

A repairable, hackable lamp named Clyde

In April, I saw an old friend at the Reclaiming Repair workshop in Paris. After years in quite separate directions, Amanda and I marveled at how our projects are related. Hers: a hackable and repairable lamp. Small projects like this help us envision a different future, where we take back ownership of domestic electricals like […]

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Make, Do, and Make Do!

We had a great time fixing in the midst of a Good For Nothing event on Saturday. It was one of the first times we were repairing in the middle of another event – the Good For Nothing network of creatives, strategists and developers was at the Forward Foundation helping three very worthy youth organisations […]

Documentary: The Light Bulb Conspiracy

UPDATE: The film will screen again on September, Thursday 13, 6:30pm at UCL – it is a free event. Tonight the documentary “The Light Bulb Conspiracy” debuts in London at the Open City Documentary Festival. Watch the trailer here and join us at 6:45pm for the screening, plus discussion with Social Innovation Camp afterwards about […]