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How Samsung is keeping e-waste from the landfill

17 Jan

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

One gripe leveled at consumer electronics companies is the rate at which their technologies become obsolete, often by design.

While that’s great for selling new products, it encourages people to throw out products with plenty of life left, causing a global electronic waste problem.

Korea’s Samsung Electronics hopes to differentiate itself in the fiercely competitive high-definition TV marketplace by incorporating the ability to upgrade into their design.

If a customer buys a premium-level TV, they can simply attach Samsung’s “Evolution Kit” in a slot in the back. That makes a 2012 TV operate like a 2013 Smart TV — with faster processing capabilities, new voice control options, the ability to run multiple channels simultaneously and enough computer memory to handle the latest high-definition programming.

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