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At the Consumer Electronics Show, a New Focus on Recycling Old Gadgets

Electronics recycling firm U.S. Micro opened a 130,000-square-foot facility just across town from the CES festivities.


The average consumer upgrades to a new phone every 18 months. When they do, they typically relegate their passé models—remember the once-ubiquitous Motorola RAZR?—to a junk drawer or a landfill.

At the Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place this week in Las Vegas, vendors, analysts, journalists, and consumers all are eyeing the next hot thing. The combination of technology refreshes and slick marketing have a way of making people find new gizmos they never knew they needed—the Consumer Electronics Association, which puts on the show, predicts consumers will spend a record $1 trillion on electronic devices in 2012. But noticeably absent from chatter about the latest and greatest is one major question: What will happen to the gadgets we no longer want?

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GOOD Design Daily: Four CES Gadgets That Create Impact

Think it's all flashy tablets and 3D monitors at CES? We found four products that go above and beyond simple gadget lust.

For the majority of the vendors at the Consumer Electronics Show, opening tomorrow in Las Vegas, the massive convention is a chance to show off their latest zillion-dollar gadget that consumers probably don't need. But among the 3D monitors, gestural interfaces, and towers of tablets—not to mention the pleas from environmentalists speaking out against the show—we managed to find four intriguing products that can improve our well-being, from a device that helps people with hypertension monitor their blood pressure, to a charger that powers a cellphone as you walk. Take a look!

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