LifeBank

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LifeBank: Sustainable Mobile devices for the future.

Singapore, Singapore
Year Founded:
2015
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

I am proposing standard sizing batteries for mobile devices. This will enable usability to the electronics we own, besides manufacturers can focus selling aftermarket accessories,ie batteries, as the smartphone sales has been declining over the years. This enables old phones to get new battery tech.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if there was a way to prolong the lifespan of mobile phones?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Mobile computing/Processors has reached its peak of developments, recent revisions has been to make the processors more efficient. This processors with main boards has a long useful life, but this is limited by the batteries of the phones. These batteries degrade about 20% per year, a lot of phones in the landfills are still in usable conditions but is thrown out because of batteries failing. These electronics waste is very toxic if not managed.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We are proposing standardizing the dimensions for batteries. These batteries will come in 3 main sizes to support 4.5, 5.0, 5.5 inch phones. It will come with interchangeable connectors on it thus manufacturers can use the propitiatory connectors other than the standard. This allows users to continue using their old devices with newer technology integrated into the batteries to serve as an addon. We will be able integrate wireless charging and fast charging into the batteries itself instead of having to built it into phones. This will allow users to make better use of their electronics. And this standards will be open sourced for all manufacturers to follow. This will encourage them to produce more efficient batteries.

Awards

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Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Let say we have a 1 year old phone with a battery that is unable to hold it's charge, we will be able to easily go to any shop to get a compatible battery to replace. The new battery might spot a higher capacity, and other new advancement integrated into it. These new features can easily be integrated into a old device. Besides consumers will be able to pick the batteries from manufacturers that has better specifications. Manufacturers will be more competitive at creating better and more efficient batteries for us to use.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

This project will allow us to be able to have phones to last longer.Many year old devices are just as powerful as recent devices(Last year's LG G3 for example), these phones still have specs that is able to support the existing software well. We do not want the devices to be limited by its battery lifespan, and we hope that older phone do not lose out on newer features like quick charge, wireless charging, or even a new battery technology like graphene batteries in the near future! Current batteries loses its capacity by about 30% after a year, this happens even if the batteries are left on the shelf in their packaging. Batteries sold by manufacturers for older devices might not be its intended state as it might be left on the shelf for a period of time.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

As of june 2015 there are 2.6Billion smartphones subscription in the world, how many of these smartphone will end up in the landfills prematurely. We hope to be able to increase the life expectancy of the phones to about at least 36 months as compared to about 18 to 20 months currently. This will greatly reduce the waste of components and precious metals ending up into the landfills
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

By developing and selling the batteries to consumers, profits will be used to fund research programs to help improve batteries.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There is Fairphone that i have contacted, their goal is to create a sustainable modular phones for the general public. Currently there are concentrating on their new product launch. There did have plans to create standardised batteries in the future. Also there is Google's Project ARA but seems like the developments were toned down recently due to their restructuring.
Team

Founding Story

This idea was used for one of my proposal writing modules in my school, I am still weighing the feasibility of this happening as manufacturers do want consumers to change their phones more often rather than designing it to last longer.

Team

Currently i have small team of student from different fields of it and business to talk about the feasibility of this idea.
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