Disposable Digital Cameras: Made with Recycled Cell Phones
Japan is leading the way here on disposable digital cameras made from recycled cell phone displays. Plaza Create Co. developed the camera and runs 1,200 photographic print shops across Japan. Right now only the LCD displays are recycled but the company plans to incorporate phone camera lenses in the future. The disposable camera will do 27 exposures and retail for about 1,280 yen ($11.91) or 50 exposures at 1,480 yen ($13.77), which is comparable to the current film models priced between 500 and 1,000 yen ($4.65-9.30). Considering there's no development fee with the digital camera, consumers are making out well. While you can't rewrite over the memory card, you are given the option to "save" or "delete" after each shot, so there should be no exposures wasted. (via The Daily Yomiuri)
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Posted by Susan Moriarty at July 28, 2008 12:33 PM